Remember staff what an eyesore you thought this was?
What’s there now is so much better! Redevelopment at its finest.
Now if only you could help bring back Chef’s Takeout somewhere, that’d be another big coup for the stakeholders. Burbank would love you!
Btw, what’s there now is just full of regular folks…
Dwan Smith-Fortier and her husband were ready to downsize. But they had no interest in the old-fashioned traditional senior citizens living.
“I refuse to be old,” she says. “I don’t mind aging, but I will never be old.”
Smith-Fortier, 69, is an actress who was a regular on General Hospital for three years and starred in the first movie version of Sparkle as well as The Concorde … Airport ’79. She had spent five years helping her husband, a former L.A. firefighter, recover from a stroke.
They were ready to get rid of the big house, but both also wanted to remain active. Then she saw an ad — for the Burbank Senior Artists Colony. And her life has been a whirlwind of activity since.
Now her days consist of Zumba, classes, rehearsals for the plays at the on-site professional theater company, acting classes. Her husband, who was also a songwriter, uses the gym every morning.
“It’s just real busy,” she says. “There are computer classes. There are filmmaking classes. There’s how to use your iPad to make films. It’s really an active building, but not the kind of activity where you are overwhelmed. You do what you feel like doing.”
WHERE THE FUN IS
The Burbank Senior Artists Colony is one of three revolutionary housing concepts for senior housing built by John Huskey, president of Los Angeles-based Meta Housing. Huskey partnered with Tim Carpenter, founder and executive director of EngAge, to conceive and design the buildings. EngAge is a non-profit dedicated to providing arts, wellness and life-long earnings programs for seniors.
So how are the tacos?