The Motion Picture & Television Fund will break ground Tuesday on a $21 million expansion of its assisted-living housing, a step toward relieving a seven-year waiting list for the fund’s resident facilities.
The Fran and Ray Stark Villa will be the latest addition to the MPTF’s Wasserman Campus in Woodland Hills. Next to the villa will be the Roddy McDowall Rose Garden, described as a memorial from “Roddy’s Girls,” about 75 female friends of the late thesp.
DreamWorks co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg, chairman of the MPTF Foundation, is slated to break ground at Tuesday’s ceremony. The MPTF Web site, http://www.mptvfund.org, will broadcast the event live starting at 11:30 a.m. PDT.
The MPTF began in 1921 as a showbiz outreach group. Since 1941, it has owned 40 acres of land in Woodland Hills, half of which is now developed.
The Stark Villa, the first building project in decades, will house 90 seniors and offer amenities like 24-hour medical care, exercise areas, a business center, a greenhouse, and TV and film facilities.
“The Stark Villa is the latest example of our evolution,” said Roger Davis, chairman of MPTF Corp.
Katzenberg is spearheading a bid to raise $115 million for more housing and better medical facilities.
“Our industry leaders have built a very special place — a safety net — that provides care for people at the most critical times,” Katzenberg said in a statement. “Now we have an opportunity to build on that legacy.”
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