The people and organizations behind a more than $26 million development in Warren County hope to create a “lifelong village,” or intergenerational community they say will be the first of its kind in the region.
Hopkins Commons is envisioned as a development featuring a restaurant, a banquet center, 160 apartments for senior citizens and a senior center. The three-building complex will connect to a neighboring subdivision of single-family homes, an assisted living center, and downtown Maineville.
The result? An intergenerational community where senior residents would mix with the younger families living in the Regency Park subdivision, the neighboring Otterbein campus and other people visiting the restaurant and banquet center.
“They are capitalizing on all the assets of the community,” said Sheri Steinig, special projects director for Generations United, an advocacy and research organization. “There are skills young and old have that can be used to help each other.”
This is the power of an intergenerational community, according to experts.
Studies from the National Institute on Aging show there is a strong correlation between social interaction and health and well-being among older adults.
“Positive indicators of social well-being may be associated with lower levels of interleukin-6 in otherwise healthy people. Interleukin-6 is an inflammatory factor implicated in age-related disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, cardiovascular disease, and some forms of cancer,” the NIA reports.
What does it mean? Why is it important?
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a rating system devised by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) to evaluate the environmental performance of a building and encourage market transformation towards sustainable design. The system is credit-based, allowing projects to earn points for environmentally friendly actions taken during construction and use of a building. LEED was launched in an effort to develop a “consensus-based, market-driven rating system to accelerate the development and implementation of green building practices.” The program is not rigidly structured; not every project must meet identical requirements to qualify.
Click here to see our LEED Certification Scorecard: Hopkins Commons LEED Scorecard
The Naming of Hopkins Commons
"Col. John Hopkins derived his military title
from promotion to the colonelcy of a militia battalion at the close of the War
of 1812, in which contest he served in the capacity of a lieutenant. He came
with his father to Warren County in 1804, about three years before attaining
his majority. He was endowed with a liberal education for the times, and
speedily found employment as a competent surveyor and conveyancer. Establishing
himself on a farm about two miles south of the little village of Lebanon, he
brought as mistress of his home a young wife, Susanna Branstator. Election as
sheriff of the county caused Mr. Hopkins to resign his military once in 1821,
having previously served the public as justice of the peace, and his new duties
compelled his residing in Lebanon. At the close of his sheriffship he removed
to Hopkinsville and opened a store, but the fabled political bee buzzed its
fascinating hum around his ears, and he consented to run for representative,
taking his seat in 1826, serving two terms. In 1836, Warren County desired his
services as county commissioner, and for six years he faithfully looked after
the public interest of the county, but in 1846 again entered the political
arena and was sent to the upper chamber of the general assembly for two terms.
A local historian writing of Col. Hopkins says: "Political honors came to
him unsought. His powers of mind, sound judgment and practical wisdom gave him
the full confidence of Warren County's citizens." A warm personal friend
of Thomas Corwin, it would follow that he was a Whig in politics until later
allied with the Republican party. After the close of his senatorship, for a
quarter of a century he enjoyed the quiet and rest of life on his farm, where
he died in 1875, aged eighty-nine years. John Hopkins opened a post office in 1820 and the
unincorporated town of Hopkinsville was named after him."
The logo for Hopkins Commons was inspired from the fact that John Hopkins started the local post office and Hopkins Commons is located next door to the Maineville Post Office. The "48" on the logo comes from historic Ohio State Route 48.
For more history, visit: http://www.daytonhistorybooks.com/page/page/3536354.htm