Wicked Local – Assisted living complex coming to Easton – 3/20/14

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By Susan Parkou Weinstein | Wicked Local  |  March 20, 2014

The town’s first assisted living complex will be ready to welcome its first residents in the fall of 2015.

Planning Director Gary Anderson said LCB Senior Living has received green lights from the planning and zoning boards for The Residence at Five Corners at 678 Depot St.

The 74-unit building will help fill a growing demand for independent and assisted housing for the ballooning 55-and older segment of the population.

“These are popping up all over the place with our aging demographics. There is a need and there will continue to be a need for years,” he said.

Located between the Whistlestop and Shaw’s plazas, the 84,000-square foot complex will offer studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments, as well as a memory care wing.

Plans call for common areas such as living rooms and cafes, a library, computer room and private dining, entertainment and recreation rooms. Landscaped grounds will provide gardens, walking paths and sitting areas for the residents.

Ted Doyle, the company’s director of corporate marketing & public affairs, said Easton was deemed a strong market for assisted living housing based on its lifestyle and the large number of people here that will soon come of assisted living age.
“First and foremost, we value a quality community with great social, cultural and civic amenities -and Easton has it all,” he said.

The complex will be surrounded by open space because the project has been granted a waiver on parking regulations allowing the developer to reduce the number of spaces per unit.

Rents have not been established but assisted living rates typically depend on the apartment size and services rendered. All residents benefit from 24-hour staffing, three meals a day in restaurant-style dining, housekeeping and linen service, activities program and many others, along with help with personal care as-needed.

Regarding local preference for getting a unit, the law forbids any kind of discrimination but residents typically come from within a 5- to 10-mile radius to be near their former homes and family, Doyle said.

“We’re very excited about becoming part of the Easton community. It’s a terrific place to call home, and we’re looking forward to building a first-class home for area seniors,” he said.

Construction is expected to start this summer with a completion date in the late summer or early fall of next year.
The project ties into a recent presentation by Barry Bluestone, director of the Dukakis Center at Northeastern University, on future housing needs in Easton.

Bluestone advised the town to expand its stock of smaller units of housing if it wants to keep its older population in town and attract a younger one in search of modest-sized homes.

LCB also has facilities in Dedham, Wayland, Bedford and Lincoln.

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