Friday, December 9, 2022

Williamsburg Landing Uses Endowment Gift To Open New Outdoor Dining Area

Sign up here for our free newsletter that tells you about the newest stories, three mornings each week.

JAMES CITY-Williamsburg Landing is undergoing renovations thanks to a memorial gift from a former resident, the late Dr. Hans Kopper, and his wife, Brigitte.

Kopper left an $800,000 gift as an endowment in his will to Williamsburg Landing, which will be used to upgrade part of the continuing care retirement community’s outdoor area. The first phase of the beautification project is now complete with the opening of The Kopper Bar, an outdoor dining and seating area.

“When Dr. Kopper talked about the beauty on the property, he just lit up,” said Lisa Bates, a staff member at Williamsburg Landing.

Kopper moved to Williamsburg Landing on the advice of a friend, Bruce Milne, a local contractor who later came to work at the community. Kopper became close with the entire team who worked at Williamsburg Landing and wanted to do something to express his gratitude for their hard work and creativity, and eventually decided on a campus beautification fund.

The Kopper Bar is a patio that was previously unused even though it overlooked one of the community’s pools. Now there are tables and chairs with umbrellas as well as planting beds and flowers. The area will be used for residents for Happy Hour events on Fridays and other activities.

Five percent of Kopper’s endowment will be spent per year on projects to improve the property that encompasses 150 acres currently built out. Next year’s project will be an outdoor kitchen beside the pool.

You must purchase this article or be a subscriber to comment on it.

Inflation Impacting Potential Construction Projects In WJCC Schools

JAMES CITY– Inflation may be taking a bite out of everyone’s budget but perhaps no sector is feeling it more than the construction industry. That’s the takeaway from a joint meeting of the WJCC...

Ribbon-Cutting Set For New The Lift & The Rise Apartments In Newport News

NEWPORT NEWS—The City of Newport News and the Newport News Redevelopment and Housing Authority are inviting the public to participate in a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new The Life & The Rise Apartments...

The New Local News Model

On July 1, we started a new way to pay for news. Yes, we want you to subscribe, but we know nobody subscribes to every site they visit just because there's a paywall.

So if you don't want to subscribe (even at the low price of $39.99 for a year), you can pay for access to individual articles. Or just buy a 24-hour pass, as if you were buying a single copy of a newspaper. We use a new payment service called Transact, which lets you pay for individual articles in as little as three seconds. And you will get $3 in credit when you sign up (just an email address, no credit card required), which will let you pay for at least 20 articles.

This is new for everyone, so we're going to ease you into this. Initially, there won't be many articles that you have to pay for. Short ones will always be free. And even the longer stories will let you read the first half or so for free. We'd love to hear what you think, so send us a note at feedback@peninsulachronicle.com.