FAIRFIELD — Jason Reyes, during his college days at California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, put together a business plan for an assisted living community.
Now, at 31, he is an owner of CornerStone Assisted Living Community in Vacaville. The $10 million project opened in January with 61 apartments. A $4 million, 50-apartment expansion is to begin construction this spring.
It all started when Reyes came home for a Christmas break from college. His mother, Alana Reyes, was upset about her experiences running a corporate-owned assisted living home.
“Unfortunately, the residents become a number instead of an individual,” Alana Reyes said. “It’s hard when corporations look at residents as dollar signs and not for the right reasons. That was very difficult for me.”
Jason Reyes quickly become passionate about the idea of starting his own assisted living community, he said. After college, he began what he describes as a five-year uphill struggle to make his business plan a reality.
Jason Reyes found partners for the local venture in Fred Hearn, who for 30 years ran Hearn Construction in Vacaville, and Greg Owen of Blue Mountain Realty. Together, they got the necessary permits and bank loan and moved the project forward. Hearn Enterprises served as general contractor for construction.
Today, Jason Reyes owns the management company for CornerStone. His job is to oversee the day-to-day operation from a business aspect. Alana Reyes is administrator at CornerStone.
“I just feel no more stress,” she said.
Plus, Jason Reyes’ two aunts also have years of experience working in assisted living communities and they are making use of it at CornerStone. Shelley Reyes is assistant administrator and Jolene Barnett is care coordinator.
Jason Reyes on a recent day gave a tour of CornerStone. He showed the “great hall” with its large, stone fireplace and televisions, the dining room where residents can order meals anytime they want and the movie room with chairs comfortable enough to fall asleep in.
He showed the studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments, which have wooden floors in the entry and granite countertops. He showed the library, with its books and computers. He showed the salon, where a resident was having her hair done.
CornerStone has a homey feeling with a touch of elegance, Jason Reyes said.
“It’s more like a vacation place than it is anything else,” he said.
People who need assistance in their daily lives can live at CornerStone. Alana Reyes said that, for example, some people might need help putting their shoes on because they can’t bend down.
But Jason Reyes said residents can also be capable of independent living.
Jason Reyes recently filed a conceptual review request with Fairfield for an assisted living facility on Mangels Road near the NorthBay Medical Center administration center. He said that his partner Owen is spearheading this project.
By the end of February, CornerStone had 20 of its 61 apartments rented, Jason Reyes said. That’s one reason why the $4 million, 50-apartment expansion is to begin in coming months.
“The expansion will take six to eight months to complete,” Jason Reyes said. “By the time we have the expansion, we’ll already be full here.”
For more information on CornerStone, go to mycornerstoneliving.com or call 999-5029.
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