It’s been nearly 50 years since Ralph Aiken first stepped foot onto what would become the Rolling Green Village campus. The young architect was excited to start a new project that would enhance the Greenville community for generations to come.
Aiken, who is 82 years old now and a resident of Rolling Green Village, enjoys telling the story of watching the formation of this senior living community from the beginning, and is excited for the redevelopment that’s ahead.
From Architect to Resident
The 175 acres of pristine farmland that Rolling Green Village sits on was donated by Hoke and Mildred Smith in the 1970s. The mission of the community has always been to partner with the Greenville community and grow the Upstate area in a way that enriches seniors’ lives.
Aiken was one of the many architects who worked at JE Sirrine and saw the community built from the ground up. “In those days, this area was way out in the country,” Aiken said. “It was just a two-lane road out here. The first time I saw it, my jaw dropped at the beauty of the land. It was such a beautiful site and exactly what was needed.”
With its rolling hills, ponds, green space and town-like feel, the character of this community is both intimate and loving. Created with a vision and a gift, this community now serves 650 seniors at all levels of living: independent living, assisted living, memory care, long-term skilled nursing and short-term rehab.
“I don’t know if Hoke and Mildred Smith had a vision of the impact Rolling Green Village would have when they donated this gorgeous land with lakes and trails and woods, but I’m grateful,” said Rolling Green Village Marketing Director Ruth Wood. “Whether you live here or work here, you’re inspired to be the best version of you.”
Aiken moved into Rolling Green Village 12 years ago with his wife, Barbara. He said he always knew in his heart he would end up in the place he helped build.
“I had several family members live here,” Aiken said. “I always knew I would live at Rolling Green Village. The people here are very happy, and it’s a great feeling to know I had a small part in making this community happen.”
Growing with Greenville
In 2018, Rolling Green Village will begin a multimillion-dollar expansion that will include 60 new 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom apartments with new and different floor plans. And 23 cottages, include walkout basement, will be available as either duplexes or detached homes.
The expansion encompasses much more than just new residences. Complementing the recent expansion of the Wellness Center, a new village center, state-of-the-art central kitchen, multiple dining venues, game and multipurpose room, art studio and library will also be available. Additional parking will also be added, plus an expansion to the surrounding walking trails and outdoor spaces.
Executive Director Bob Benson is excited about the coming changes and the way they’ll continue to enhance the community he serves. He says, “By deepening and broadening our community simultaneously,” he said, “we’re able to play to the strengths of Rolling Green Village more fully, while creating an even more connected community.”
The expansion of the dining program is in keeping with the character of the community, and will further support the reputation Rolling Green Village enjoys as they offer an incredible dining experience with cook-to-order food for all residents. Residents cite a 95% satisfaction rating with the current dining program. The expansion of the central inviting kitchen will support the new dining spaces and offer even more culinary options.
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