Hunt Community celebrates renovations

Officials gather Friday to cut the ribbon to officially unveil the $10 million renovation project at the Silverstone Living’s Hunt Community in Nashua. From left are Activities Director Leslie Cleaver, Treasurer and Secretary of Resident Council Nell Shea, Executive Director Susan Meuse, Silverstone Living CEO Peter Warecki, and Facilities Manager Keith O’Neill.

NASHUA – After a $10 million renovation project, relevant, vibrant and current are words John Parolin uses to describe Silverstone Living’s Hunt Community.

“This is the first time in 20-plus years something has been done of a major undertaking. Today is marking the opening of some community spaces residents can use and enjoy,” Parolin, who serves as marketing director for Silverstone, said during a Friday ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Approximately one year ago, officials embarked on a $10 million renovation project designed to upgrade community and activity spaces for residents.

The Hunt Community is one of three Silverstone programs, and the oldest, having been around since the late 1800s. Located at 10 Allds St., Nashua, it offers a life plan community for active, healthy adults who are at least 62 years of age.

He said it also marks the completion of the second phase of the construction project, with the entire endeavor set for completion by the end of August.

Staff photo by Adam Urquhart Suzanne Shattuck, a resident of Silverstone Living’s Hunt Community for 20 years, sits in the newly renovated lobby with Gail Shattuck, who was visiting her.

Friday, while some residents poured out of the apartments to join the festivities, crews continued working hard on phase three of the renovations in another area of the property.

Hunt Community Executive Director Susan Meuse said the final component entails additions such as their Great Room and a 54-seat theater. They’re also making some changes to the dining area with an open-air, rooftop dining section.

“It’s an exciting project to centralize the common spaces and give them more amenities,” Meuse said.

Some of those amenities include a completely new lobby area, featuring an open concept design, with a fireplace set into a wall near the main entrance in the lounge area. The reception area features a coffee bar, while at the garden level, there is new space for executive offices. There is also a new billiards room, which will soon have a card table added.

“The main level is opened up for resident use, with a new fitness center, beautiful library with cherry panelling and a fireplace,” Parolin said. “There is a new activity/arts-and-crafts room with cabinetry, tables and chairs.”

Staff photo by ADAM URQUHART Silverstone Living CEO Peter Warecki speaks to Hunt Community residents after the Friday ribbon-cutting before celebrating with strawberry champagne and punch.

Silverstone CEO Peter Warecki said a lot of hard work has been put into the renovations. He appreciates the residents’ patients throughout the project.

“What came out of this is absolutely gorgeous and exactly what we envisioned,” Warecki said. “I can’t wait for the last phase to be done.”

After the ribbon was cut with a large pair of scissors, residents and staff members made their way back inside the reception area for celebratory strawberry champagne or punch. After that, officials provided tours of the newly renovated areas, so residents could see all that’s been completed.

Adam Urquhart can be reached at 594-1206 or aurquhart@nashuatelegraph.com.

Staff photo by Adam Urquhart Barbara Buttrick, a receptionist at Silverstone Living’s Hunt Community in Nashua, stands in the entryway of the bar off to the side of The Hunt Club on Friday.

The interior of Hunt Community.

A library at Hunt Community.

The interior of Hunt Community.

A jigsaw puzzle in progress at Hunt Community.

One of the rooms at Hunt Community.

A pool table at Hunt Community.