Retirement community will bid for Falmouth school properties

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OceanView also plans to add 20 memory-care units

FALMOUTH — OceanView wants to expand its memory care services and the parking area near its main lodge, and has filed a letter of interest with the town for the former Plummer-Motz and Lunt school properties on Lunt Road.

Representatives from the retirement community on Blueberry Lane went before the Planning Board Tuesday to request an amendment to a previously approved expansion plan. The change would allow a small parking area near the main lodge, as well as a sketch plan review for the addition of 20 memory support units to the assisted living facility.

The expansion would make specialized Alzheimer and memory support available on-site to OceanView residents for the first time.

Chris Wasileski, a project manager for Sea Coast Management Co., which manages both OceanView and The Highlands, a retirement facility in Topsham, said the reason for the expansion is “a combination of demand and also increasing the level of services.”

Wasileski said that until now, residents who needed specialized services for memory care had to leave the facility, either for services at The Highlands, or at other facilities.

“This is a way to enhance the level of care for existing and future residents,” he said.

The memory-care units will have a circular floor plans with a central nurses’ station for easy access to all the residents, and will include visiting areas and an outdoor garden.

The renovation will also include a small eight-bay car-park and some additional parking spaces near the Hilltop Lodge.

Wasileski also said the company has filed an official letter of interest with the town indicating it intends to respond to the town’s request for proposals for the former Plummer-Motz and Lunt school properties.

“We have signaled our intention to the town that we’re interested,” he said.

Wasileski said OceanView would likely submit more than one application, with multiple scenarios for the properties. He would not elaborate.

Emily Parkhurst can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 125 or eparkhurst@theforecaster.net. Follow her on Twitter: @emilyparkhurst.

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