Senior living complex going before planners

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FARMINGTON – A nonprofit community development corporation will go before the Planning Board on Monday to discuss a proposal to build 23 senior living cottages, which would be sold to occupants.

The complex would be located off Wilton Road on land between Dr. Jan Roberts’ chiropractic office and Silver Shear hair salon, which currently has an older-style house on it.

The board’s meeting begins at 7 p.m. July 9 downstairs at the municipal building. The housing proposal seeking permits for subdivision, site review and soil erosion control and storm water management is just one of several items on the agenda.

The first phase of the Western Glen Project would be to build eight to 10 cottages in groups of three or four one-story units, said John Egan, a housing developer for Coastal Enterprises Inc., on Monday. The community development agency is headquartered in Wiscasset and has offices around the state, including one in Farmington.

The units would be between 850 square feet and 1,050 square feet. Three in the first phase would be two-bedroom units and the rest one-bedroom units, Egan said. They are looking to sell the individual units for $120,000 to $135,000, he said.

There would also be a community building which would include two meeting rooms – one large and one small – to allow all the residents to meet or to have a small family gathering.

The project would encompass about 6.16 acres of the nearly 20 acres the agency owns.

CEI also plans to subdivide 1.32 acres with frontage on the highway for commercial sale to fit appropriately along that stretch of routes 2 and 4, Egan said.

If they get Planning Board approval in the next two months, Egan said, CEI could begin the project in September with occupancy expected next year.

The agency is developing the site using low impact development standards to maintain an environmentally sustainable project, he said.

The second-phase of development would depend on how fast the first cottages sell, he said.

They plan market the cottages to residents of the area, including senior citizens who may want to downsize.

That area of Farmington is designed for growth. The CEI project would help fill a need for affordable senior citizen housing, Egan said.

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