Watermark Retirement Communities files WARN notice. What does that mean for workers?

Watermark Retirement Communities, which manages several Legacy retirement communities in the Rochester area, has filed a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) notice through the state's Department of Labor.

The company currently manages nine locations in the Rochester area, as well as three other communities in Brooklyn, Millbrook and Tuckahoe.

According to the WARN notice, the company's contract has been terminated at Cranberry Landing, Erie Station, Fairways, Grande'Vie, Park Crescent, Parklands and Willow Pond. Nearly 400 jobs were listed in the notice.

Vicki Doyle, director of communications and public relations at Watermark, said in a written statement Friday ownership of the properties are "in the process of being transferred to the lender through a receivership proceeding."

Mike Flanagan of Flanagan & Associates, L.L.C., the receiver of the properties, said Friday afternoon no jobs will be lost or eliminated as the entities are "just jumping through the hoops under NY law to move employees from one employer to another."

And Watermark will still be the operating manager for Legacy at Clover Blossom and Maiden Park, both located in Rochester.

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"Watermark values our Legacy senior living communities across Rochester, and is immensely proud of the success we have achieved as their operating management company since 2017," Doyle said. "We realize that many owner groups — the entities who secure our services — are facing challenging economic environments nationwide, which can prompt property manager changes unrelated to manager performance ... All of us look forward to wholeheartedly serving Rochester seniors and their families in the years to come."

How many jobs are at Rochester locations?

  • Legacy at Cranberry Landing, 300 Cranberry Landing Dr., Rochester: 81 jobs

  • Legacy at Grande'Vie, 2140 Five Mile Line Rd., Penfield: 80 jobs

  • Legacy at Fairways, 681 High St., Victor: 71 jobs

  • Legacy at Park Crescent, 1000 Providence Cir., Greece: 42 jobs

  • Legacy at Willow Pond, 40 Willow Pond Wy., Penfield: 37 jobs

  • Legacy at Erie Station, 1545 Erie Station Rd., Henrietta: 36 jobs

  • Legacy at Parklands, 2000 Park Creek Ln., Churchville: 34 jobs

Correction: An earlier version of this story said there would be layoffs in the list of jobs at Rochester locations. That has been corrected above.

This article originally appeared on Rochester Democrat and Chronicle: Watermark Retirement Communities files WARN notice