Westbrook, ME – On November 12, key players in the Stroudwater Lodge development placed their shovels in the dirt to kick off construction of Stroudwater Lodge Residences. The project’s construction manager, PROCON of Manchester, N.H., teamed up with developer Northbridge Companies and real estate firm, the Sandy River Company, for the festivities. Gawron Turgeon Architects of Scarborough, Maine, designed the three-story, 95-unit, state-of-the-art senior assisted/independent living facility.
Local Westbrook officials and business well-wishers were on hand to join in the festivities in a warm show of support.
The multilevel community will offer one- and two-bedroom units with the option of independent or assisted living.
Every contingency for comfort, convenience, and safety is addressed, from the selection of the executive director to the wait staff. All personnel undergo an intensive memory care training program that exceeds industry regulatory standards and equips all Northbridge Avita personnel with the tools needed to support residents affected by dementia.
Stroudwater Lodge is slated for a fall 2016 completion.
Conveniently located just off I-95 near bustling downtown Portland, residents will have accessible shopping, entertainment and medical services at their fingertips.
Representatives from each of the project contributors spoke briefly about the role of the new facility and its impact on the area. “We are proud to be part of building something that provides housing in an upscale environment that meets a need in the senior community and supports the local economy at the same time,” stated PROCON Senior Vice President Dan Messier.
Northbridge Companies President Wendy Nowokunski stated, “Stroudwater Lodge is complementary to Avita as we build out a campus that covers the full spectrum of senior living needs from independent living to memory care. This building is going to have terrific high-end amenities, and together the two communities will function as part of the larger Westbrook community with common spaces to support and connect with local events. Whenever possible, we source our food from fresh local farms which allows us to draw on the community resources which in turn strengthens the neighboring economy.”
Senior housing is expected to be the second most active segment of the multifamily housing arena over the next few years according to the 2015 U.S. Real Estate Industry Outlook Report, with independent living as the top trending portion of that market. Stroudwater Lodge is meeting that demand head-on by providing customized senior housing options in upscale accommodations incentivized by numerous “one-stop-shopping” amenities. Stroudwater residents will enjoy an abundance of conveniences, such as a theater, art studio, salon and barber shop, café, pub, outdoor patio, brain gym with touch screen technology, and a sunroom. Exterior finishes include a clapboard and board and batten siding with heavy timber accents and 3-story heavy timber porches. The exterior is completed with a beautifully landscaped courtyard and walking path at the building’s rear.
Passion and genuine affection for the communities shone through as Wendy Nowokunski expounded on her vision with attendees, “our goal for Northbridge Companies’ communities is simple – to make a positive difference in people’s lives by creating a special place where residents can thrive and families can have peace of mind. Our communities not only support seniors and their families, but are a vital resource to the area, generating 285 jobs in Brunswick, Wells, and Westbrook.”