HOMOSASSA — Roger Foderingham knows the idea of a “topping out” party is foreign to many Citrus County folks but it’s a big deal in Scandinavian countries and he thought it would make a nice touch to familiarize people here with his under-construction Royal Dalton House assisted-living facility in Homosassa.
“I thought it would be something different here in Citrus County,” said Foderingham, one of the ALF owners. “It’s a chance for people to view the progress and eat some barbecue.”
People gathered to do just that for a few hours Wednesday morning at the 23-acre site at 5445 W. Oak Park Blvd., in Sugarmill Woods. While they ate and talked they saw an evergreen tree on top of the building, which symbolized giving life.
Scandinavian folklore says humans originated from trees and that’s where the soul returns after death. Placing a tree atop the new building is a way to appease the spirits displaced during construction, according to folklore. Today, the ceremony is used mainly to commemorate the completion of the roof on a new building.
Dean Schiffbauer, project manager with McLauchlin & Company, estimates about 160 people attended Wednesday’s ceremony. Visitors were excited, he said, to see the progress of the ALF.
Schiffbauer said he believes Royal Dalton will be successful given the senior population in Citrus County. It also provides more local jobs, he said.
During construction, there are at least 50-60 people daily working on the project, he said.
Foderingham said all signs continue to point to a November opening for the $10 million, 55-and-older upscale senior community. The two-story, 60,000-square-foot ALF will be Tudor-styled and there will be 13 independent living cottages encircling the main building.
The cottages are of two types: The Royal Windsor, 1,620 square feet and selling for around $196,000; and, the Tudor, with 1,846 square feet and selling for around $214,000.
Foderingham said his…