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JSL's Prentis Apartments sees
first new one-bedrooms occupied.
Lynne Meredith Golodner
Special to the Jewish News
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December 5 • 2013
wo weeks ago, Raisy Yehuda
moved into the first renovated
one-bedroom apartment at
the Anna & Meyer Prentis Apartments,
the Jewish Senior Life (JSL) Oak Park
residence where studio units are being
converted and renovated this year.
With an east-facing view, Cairo-born
Yehuda enjoyed watching the fall color
change from her 15th-floor apart-
ment and boasts she now can see the
Renaissance Center from her window.
By April 2014, all 97 apartments at
the 15-story Prentis Apartments on the
Taubman Jewish Community Campus
will be reconfigured and renovated
from studio flats to one-bedroom
apartments. In addition, the common
areas will undergo a complete redecora-
tion during this process.
JSL began the renovation last spring,
moving all residents out of their apart-
ments and relocating them within the
building to create as little inconve-
nience as possible. When the apart-
ments are ready, JSL again is managing
all moving details.
Opened in 1969, Prentis Apartments
was JSI:s first established community.
In the beginning, Prentis offered 143
one-bedroom units and 88 efficiency/
While big-city residents are used to
studio efficiencies, Michigan residents
are not. To satisfy market demand, JSL
CEO Rochelle Upfal was thrilled to gain
the approval and allocation of federal
tax credits to enable this project.
"Our goal and focus every day at JSL
is to serve our older adults with com-
passion, promote dignity and enhance
every aspect of their lives while sup-
porting our community:' Upfal says.
"These renovations allow us to do this
in an even greater way:'
Judy Rosner, Prentis administrator,
says, "The residents are very excited
about the renovations. They can't
believe how beautiful everything looks.
The materials and fixtures are tasteful
and classic at the same time:'
Above: Raisy Yehuda in her new
one-bedroom home at Prentis
Apartments in Oak Park
A spacious bathroom in a renovated
Prentis one-bedroom apartment
Upfal guided the renovation project,
working with designers and builders to
achieve a look of elegance while maxi-
mizing efficiency. The week before the
first apartment was ready for move-in,
JSL hosted a luncheon and ice cream
party for residents to thank them for
their support during construction.
The renovations allow for new
residents to move into Prentis as well.
One-bedroom apartments are a hot
commodity locally, especially with new
kitchens featuring state-of-the-art dish-
In Yehuda's apartment, her own
needlepoint pictures decorate the walls.
Yehuda, who has three children, lived
in Farmington Hills until she relocated
to Prentis in 2012.
"I've never been so happy:' she says.
"I can't imagine living alone in a big
house. I wish I'd moved here sooner. I
love the community!"
Yehuda epitomizes an active older
adult. She volunteers in the Pantry,
the lobby shop inside Prentis, and also
assists in the dining room. She has
volunteered with Meals on Wheels. She
knows everyone by name, calling out
"hellos" as she walks down the hall and
into the elevator; they all know her, too.
To inquire about available apartments
at Prentis, contact Judy Rosner, (248)
967-4240 or email@example.com .
Lynne Meredith Golodner owns Your People
LLC, a Southfield public relations firm.