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March 14, 2019

Hopewell to Construct New Activity Center

This spring, with support from generous philanthropists, Hopewell will break ground on an exciting addition to the farm – a multipurpose activity center. This brand-new facility will provide nearly 6,500 square feet of indoor space for Hopewell residents and staff to congregate, exercise and enjoy a wide variety of group recreation and other activities.

The facility is part of a campus-wide master plan originally conceived and designed by Paul Westlake, Jr., principal architect with the internationally-renowned firm of DLR Group/Westlake Reed Leskosky. With Mr. Westlake’s approval, Medina-based architect Theodore G. Manfrass was commissioned to design the activity center. The Mullett Company, a general contractor based in Newbury, will oversee the building’s construction.

The activity center will be the first new major addition to the Hopewell campus since the dedication of the Sugar House in 2014. Current plans call for a groundbreaking in early Spring 2019, with completion and an official dedication to take place in the autumn.

The building will be dedicated as “The Richard J. Swadey Activity Center,” in memory of a longtime resident of Hopewell. The building is largely funded by a charitable remainder trust left by Richard’s father, Robert J. Swadey, a native of Cleveland and Chagrin Falls who was the former chairman of Midland Title Security, Inc. Additional lead funding for the Swadey Activity Center comes from longtime supporter Suzanne Morgan, a member of the Hopewell Council of Advisors, and gifts made by Eaton Corporation and members of the Hopewell Board of Directors.

The Swadey Activity Center will feature:

• A gymnasium floor with a half-court basketball court

• A meeting room with a flexible room partition allowing the room to be divided into two rooms for separate group activities

• A fitness center to include workout equipment

• Restrooms, a utility closet and a small staff office

The new center will replace Hopewell’s existing outdoor basketball court, and will provide year-round facilities for recreation, as well as a dedicated indoor space that can accommodate gatherings of the entire Hopewell community for activities such as music and live performances, movie nights, dances, basketball, volleyball and other athletic and exercise activities.

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