Board OKs assisted living facility at Brunswick Landing

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BRUNSWICK — The Planning Board on Tuesday unanimously approved an application for a new assisted living facility at Brunswick Landing.

The Avita memory care facility will be developed by the Portland-based Sandy River Co.

The board had previously approved a sketch plan for the project, also by a unanimous vote.

According to site engineer Will Conway, of Sebago Technics, the final application is nearly identical to the sketch plan.

The nearly 14-acre property is bounded by Admiral Fitch Avenue, Neptune Drive, and Anchor Drive, and is the site of a former trailer park. It will contain an almost 48,000-square-foot, single-story building, and have two parking lots with about 65 spaces.

The building, which is designed to have the “look and feel of New England,” according to Conway, will have three wings and a central core.

It will also have extensive landscaping, potential for gardens, and outdoor seating for residents, he said.

Conway also said the building design received approval from the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority, which oversees Brunswick Landing on the property of the former naval air station.

Planning Board Vice Chairwoman Margaret Wilson said she was “pleased with the proposal.”

She suggested, though, that the applicant install bike racks as a condition of approval, citing the growing number of bicyclists using Brunswick Landing.

“I commend the applicant for the thoroughness of the application,” Chairman Charlie Frizzle said.

The board approved the project with five conditions before a building permit can be issued, including providing documentation to the town of financial capacity to complete the project, and payment of a $7,000 municipal solid waste fee.

The Avita facility will be across the street from the Coastal Landing retirement community and assisted living home, developed by Rousseau Management.

Walter Wuthmann can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 100 or Follow Walter on Twitter: @wwuthmann.

Brunswick/Harpswell reporter for The Forecaster. Bowdoin College grad, San Francisco Bay Area native. Follow for municipal, school, community, and environmental news from the Midcoast.