As an older Mainer pay attention to “aging well” Many senior communities offer trendy living facilities such as charging stations for electric cars, fitness rooms and WiFi.
A new proposal in Bar Harbor builds on this trend with a senior citizen community that would include medical offices and 50 independent living units.
The Bar Harbor Planning Board recently conducted a sketch plan review of the proposal at a virtual meeting.
The project, called the Harbor Lights Retirement Community, is proposed for 59 acre property in Hulls Cove, a village on the outskirts of Bar Harbor.
The proposal is to develop an 18.7 hectare portion of the parcel.
The development would consist of a central building with 28 units ranging in size from 750 to 2,000 square meters and medical offices.
There would be maisonettes nearby, along with buildings with a shared garage, fitness center, and manufacturing room with woodworking equipment, tools, and material storage. Additional amenities include hiking trails and a shared garden area with potting soil and a greenhouse.
The architectural style would be based on a concept of “traditional saltwater farms” with “staggered scale geometries and shapes resembling a colonial farmhouse with a connector and a backyard barn,” according to the proposal.
Programming would include on-site health care and assisted living services. Housekeeping, individual and joint property maintenance would be provided.
The historical uses of the property include the dairy farm and an inn. The property has been owned by the Maller family since 1939 and is now owned by the Christopher S. Maller Revocable Trust.
Greg Johnston, head of civil engineering consultancy GF Johnston & Associates in Southwest Harbor and agent on the project, told the board the goal is to complete the permit process by winter.
Kay Stevens-Rosa, a site manager at A4 Architects in Bar Harbor, said the units would likely be attractive to older residents looking to downsize and “up-style”.
Stevens-Rosa said her company was preparing building designs ready for board review.
As the next step, the board announced a site visit.