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Ribbon Cutting on the New $62M Resort-Style Sonata Senior Living Community

WPC along with Sonata Senior Living and capital partner Berkshire Residential Investments, held an event to commemorate the grand opening of Sonata's newest senior living community (located at 410 Caring Drive, Lake Mary, Florida). Sonata Lake Mary is a 250,000 square foot, $62 million, resort-style community offering upscale amenities never seen before in a Lake Mary senior living rental-based model. Located on a seven-acre site within the 153-acre, $750 million Lake Mary Wellness and Technology Park mixed-use development – the community features a mix of 193 assisted living, independent living, and memory care apartments.

Shown here: WPC team members - Chad Eason, Larry Muller, Logan Damers, Stephanie Mills, Ken Merhige, Jeff Forrest, Jeffrey Forrest

The ribbon-cutting ceremony held on March 21st, featured a tour of the community’s state-of-the-art amenities built with the discerning older person in mind. In addition to the large apartments and beautifully appointed dining and social spaces, attendees were able to experience active living, including the zero-entry resort-style pool and bistro, the professional-grade golf simulation room, the dog park, and the brand-new pickle-ball court. It also incorporates the latest in technology and healthcare advancements. Residents will appreciate touchless technology, advanced air filtration systems for enhanced safety, and a hearing loop system in the onsite theatre.

"Senior living communities have become such a large part of the Florida landscape and WPC has been building senior living communities for more than 30 years. Sonata at Lake Mary serves the luxury end of the market well, living up to their commitment to help its residents have “…more time to live life to the fullest.” says Jeff Forrest, WPC President and CEO, who continues, “The team at WPC delivers on this commitment through careful attention to the many intricate details and nuances inherent with senior living projects.”

Shown Here - WPC Team (Larry Muller, Jeff Forrest, Jeffrey Forrest) with Lake Mary City Manager, Kevin Smith.

WPC is the general contractor for Sonata Lake Mary and this is the fifth project that WPC has completed for Sonata. Other project include: Serenades at Longwood, Serenades at West Orange, Serenades at The Villages, and Sonata Melbourne.

From left to right: Chamber Member – Stuart Peisner, Sonata Senior Living – Jennifer Benoit, SVP Finance and Accounting, Seminole County Chamber – Rebekah Arthur, President and CEO, Sonata Senior Living – Jamie Merrill, Chief Operating Officer, Sonata Senior Living – Stephen Caruso, Chief Development Officer, Sonata Lake Mary – Brooke Ellis, Executive Director, Sonata Senior Living – Shelley Esden, President and CEO Sonata Senior Living – Stuart Beebe, Owner and Founder, City of Lake Mary – Mayor David Mealor, City of Lake Mary – Commissioner Jordan Smith, City of Lake Mary – City Manager Kevin Smith, Chancey Design – Walt Chancey, Sr. Managing Partner, WPC – Jeff Forrest, President and CEO, Chamber Member – Penny O’Connell

About Sonata

Sonata Senior Living is a privately owned regional developer and operator of innovative senior living communities, offering independent living, assisted living, and memory care options throughout Central and South Florida. Sonata is nationally recognized as a leader in the senior living industry and has earned multiple awards for research and evidence-based design and programming. Their philosophy is to help residents retain their independence and sense of self through a blend of signature programming, cutting-edge technology, a commitment to compassionate care, and best-in-class customer service. Sonata is led by an executive team that has been together since the company’s 2008 inception. Headquartered in Orlando, Florida, Sonata’s portfolio is comprised of 11 operational communities, plus two additional locations under construction. For more information on Sonata Senior Living, visit

About WPC

Founded nearly 50 years ago, WPC has been the energy behind some of the most exciting, community-building projects in Florida. Having completed over 200 million square feet of construction, WPC's combined experience, innovative approach, and dedication to building and nurturing relationships with employees, subcontractors, and suppliers speaks to their core value of Building Beyond the Blueprint®.



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