Multi Residential Senior/Assisted Living

Brightview Senior Living Norwalk, Conn. Opens to Residents

Exterior of Brightview Norwalk

Exterior of Brightview Norwalk

Norwalk, CT – Brightview Senior Living Community in Norwalk is welcoming its first residents. The innovative three-story hub for senior living at 162 Canaan Avenue sits close to the downtown Norwalk area and is less than 50 miles from New York City. The Baltimore-based firm, Shelter Development, has partnered again with PROCON of Manchester, N.H. as the architect and construction manager for the $16 million project. This is their seventh collaboration on a Brightview Senior Living project.


Interior of Brightview Norwalk

Interior of Brightview Norwalk

Brightview on New Canaan features 90 units total, with 66 designated for assisted living and 24 apartments for Alzheimer’s and dementia care. Residents are offered a variety of floor plans and care options with numerous onsite amenities to include an elegant dining room, private dining spaces, a café, wellness/fitness center, activities room, beauty/barber salon, and library/media room. Victorian-style architectural elements are reflected throughout the 70,000sf building, such as recessed columns, gable and shed dormers, and a dramatic porte cochère at the main entrance.

The exterior is completed by elegant patio spaces highlighted by gazebos and water fountains to enhance the seniors’ enjoyment. Surface parking is available in front of the building and walkways.

Sitework and foundation placement started in the fall of 2014, followed by framework in spring 2015. Subsequent construction involved installation of the exterior skin, sheeting, vinyl siding, and the exterior windows. The final phase of work included flooring, common spaces, dining areas, and millwork that were all finished with tasteful furnishings and décor.


Shelter Development is one of the companies at the forefront of filling a fast growing vortex in the U.S.  – the need for senior housing with onsite services. According to the 2015 Akerman Real Estate Industry Report, the number of people 65 or older is projected to grow to 51 percent by 2025. Medical technology allows them to live longer lives, which in turn has increased the demand for the housing of older adults. The Baltimore-based company not only meets this need, but provides seniors with upscale, state-of-the-art communities located in eight states along the Eastern Seacoast. Brightview on New Canaan will serve Norwalk, New Canaan, Darien, Stamford, Westport, Greenwich and the surrounding towns.

PROCON has enjoyed a long partnership with Shelter Development since 2012 when they collaborated on the Brightview N. Andover community. Shelter Development realized the value and quality of PROCON’s in-house design and build process and contracted with them for consecutive projects. The $200 million design and build Company has since completed Brightview communities in Arlington, Danvers and Billerica, MA, with additional projects currently underway in Wakefield and Canton, MA.

Brightview communities also offer a specialized program and environment for dementia care known asWellspring Village®, designed to enhance the lives of those living with memory limitations.

The host of onsite amenities are a combination of convenience meeting necessity. At Brightview Senior Living Communities, seniors participate in all-inclusive living for their everyday needs. This often translates into freeing up more leisure time for fun, productive types of activities such as clubs, games, hobbies and get-togethers. Brightview’s trained staff are carefully selected for their warmth, friendliness and respect for the residents.