The Cedars plans to expand in Portland

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PORTLAND — The Cedars, an assisted living and long-term care facility at 630 Ocean Ave., plans to expand and shift its living arrangements.

“The project is largely driven by the evolution of the care model, with a shift towards the household model of care delivery and private rooms for residents,” according to site plan application materials posted Jan. 11 by the city Planning Department.

Originally the Jewish Home for the Aged on the Eastern Promenade, The Cedars moved to its current home near the intersection of Ocean Avenue and Rainbow Park Road in 1991.

The Cedars is open to residents of all faiths, according to its website, serving as a retirement community, and offering assisted living, rehabilitation services and nursing care to residents.

Plans call for converting rooms in the existing Hoffman Center from semi-private to private, which would displace 40 beds. Those beds would be added to the new building, along with 20 more beds in what is described as an “assisted living memory care household.”

The new building, to be built near the intersection of Ocean Avenue and Rainbow Park Road, would have a footprint of 15,000 square feet, and a total area of more than 45,000 square feet.

The shift to private rooms will be made by creating “houses” of 20 beds each. The Hoffman Center renovations will not expand the building and would be done internally.

Plans also call for 61 new parking spaces on the 10.5-acre property. An administration building would be torn down, according to the plan description.

David Harry can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or dharry@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @DavidHarry8.

The Cedars, a long-term care facility which has been at 630 Ocean Ave. in Portland since 1991, is looking to expand iwhile converting some rooms from semi-private to private.

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Portland City Hall reporter for The Forecaster. Baltimore native, lived in Maine since 1989. A journalist since 2005, covering much of Cumberland and York counties. I joined The Forecaster in 2012.