Fayetteville retirement community Butterfield Trail Village (BTV) celebrated on Tuesday (Nov. 7) the grand opening of its new Commons Center — a major facilities expansion that carries out Butterfield’s mission of providing ever-evolving, quality lifestyle amenities to its more than 400 residents.
According to a news release, the $6.7 million Commons Center features a state-of-the-art Performance Hall, the new Bistro at Butterfield Trail Village, meeting and office space. With 17,000 square feet of amenity space, and a new entrance to the main building — complete with a grand porte cochère circle drive — the center adds an exciting sense of place and gives the Village a whole new look.
Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce President Steve Clark, BTV CEO Quintin Trammell and BTV board president Mike Jones spoke at Tuesday’s ribbon cutting celebration, attended by other area dignitaries, BTV residents and community supporters.
“Butterfield has a long history as the region’s top retirement community, and this project allows us to reach new levels of service and excellence,” Trammell said in the release. “By delivering more options for dining, convenience, wellness and entertainment, we’re meeting the needs of our residents now, and ensuring we remain viable for future generations to come.”
The center’s new Performance Hall, according to the release, features front-of-house seating for 200 people, a raised stage, professional-grade lighting and acoustics, and a performers’ dressing room. It opens up opportunities for BTV to expand its entertainment programming and host larger seminars, lectures and classes.
The bistro is an open-kitchen eatery serving breakfast and lunch initially, but over time the menu will evolve. The relaxed, causal bistro, which includes a convenient grab-and-go menu, complements traditional dining in the BTV Dining Room and fine dining in the Lodge.
The Commons Center’s large porte cochère entrance makes it convenient for residents to be dropped off and picked up. The entrance includes reception and security areas, and presents a grand new first impression to all who enter the Village.
The new main lobby is furnished with cozy seating areas that are perfect for circular conversation. The transportation desk is located in the lobby for convenient walk-up service.
The new expansion also includes the Low Vision Library Room with audio books and reading assistive technologies, the David Lashley Boardroom, a general store with twice the footprint of the previous store, and a newly landscaped south courtyard.
Jones said the project caps off a five-year major facilities plan on Butterfield’s 44-acre campus.
“This project, along with our Aquatic and Wellness Center and the Assisted Living Cottage, both which opened in 2015, all come together to keep Butterfield modern and relevant for those people seeking a truly premium retirement and senior care community,” he said in the release.