Groundbreaking for Retirement Living Expansion at Concordia at Sumner a Success

When Concordia at Sumner joined the Concordia Lutheran Ministries family back in November 2012, between the gorgeous property and buildings, supportive local community and a resident population and staff committed to the Concordia mission, everyone knew there was a lot of potential. After six years, we’re thrilled to announce that the location is about to have its first growth spurt!

Concordia at Sumner held a Groundbreaking Ceremony for a retirement living expansion on Friday, June 15 at 3:30 p.m. The expansion will be a three-story, 105,000 square foot building, adding 65 new retirement living apartments and connecting to the current Manor House on campus. (Read More for photos and video.)

At the ceremony, Concordia at Sumner CEO Charlene Kish said the day marked a milestone in the history of the location, and Rev. Charles Lentner, better known on the Sumner campus as “Chaplain Charlie,” asked for a blessing on “this family of God.”  

During his speech, Concordia Lutheran Ministries President and CEO Keith Frndak thanked God that Concordia became “a steward in charge of such an asset,” and welcomed potential residents to see firsthand what he called a ‘lifestyle experience.’  

A congratulatory proclamation was presented by Copley Township Trustee Bruce Koellner. Then, on behalf of all the retirement residents at Sumner, President of the Retirement Living Resident Association Judy Lasher said they look forward to welcoming new residents next Spring. She and her husband Ed moved to our community almost two years ago. Concordia at Sumner Director of Marketing Rowena Wilkins closed with a few words and invited guests to Informational Sessions this week.

Then the group of speakers, along with several Board Members and future residents who have already committed to an apartment after construction wraps up, dug their gold shovels into the ground for the ceremonial groundbreaking.

Construction is scheduled to be completed next spring. Architect R. W. Larson and Associates has designed a state-of-the-art addition, designed specifically for those age 68 and over. Each of the spacious one bedroom, two bedroom and two bedroom-corner apartments will feature an open concept floor plan with fully applianced kitchen and laundry room. Residents of the expansion will also have access to the first-class amenities that are standard at Concordia at Sumner, including the Terrace Room restaurant, fitness center, swimming pool, craft room, game room and more.

Those who commit to an apartment during the building phase will be able to take advantage of the most generous price discounts in Concordia at Sumner history. Currently, Concordia at Sumner offers 79 retirement apartments, 22 retirement villas, 48 skilled nursing suites for long-term care and short-term rehabilitation and 44 assisted living suites.

Enjoy the photos below (click the photos to enlarge) and feel free to leave a comment! If you are interested in learning more about Concordia’s new retirement living expansion, please call Director of Marketing Rowena Wilkins at 330-664-1289 or visit and message us through the Contact Form on our website.

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