Through Marie-Charlotte Nouvellon
The letters that previously formed the sign ” Bank of France“, Enthroned above the gate of 22 avenue René-Coty, at Havre (Seine-Maritime), have now given way to another name, somewhat more poetic. It is under the title Jardins d’Arcadi ”that the emblematic building is given new life. Here, now, it is no longer a question of banking transitions … but of the elderly.
In all, 89 apartments of various sizes (ranging from studios to T3) have been fitted out to accommodate seniors. Gradually full since last March, the residence now has an occupancy rate of 80%, for an average price set at 1,300 euros.
The particularity of this establishment: it only welcomes residents who are still autonomous while offering them a certain number of services: lunch and dinner catering, hairdresser, entertainment (dictation and small bac are very successful) and even a little sport ( yoga or zumba for the more adventurous) or a concierge.
If a new wing has been added on the south side, the architectural firm Schneider, at the work of this rehabilitation, knew how to preserve the cachet of this remarkable place, dating from the XIXe century.
But its walls, designed in Caen stone and Vire granite, now house a restaurant, a lounge / games room under a large glass roof and opening onto a large terrace, a TV area or even (and) a garden in the middle. currently having a bandstand.
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