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Assisted living facility proposed for Londonderry

Union Leader Correspondent

July 11. 2014 7:42PM

LONDONDERRY — A regional company specializing in senior housing is hoping to build a 112-bed assisted living facility off Route 102 in Londonderry.

During the July 9 Planning Board meeting Glenn Kaplan, chief executive officer of Kaplan Development Group, LLC, shared conceptual plans for All American Assisted Living, a facility to be located at the Meadow Drive intersection.

Kaplan attended the meeting with project engineer George Chadwick of Bedford Design Consultants in Manchester.

Chadwick said the proposed project was consistent with Londonderry’s zoning requirements with one exception.

With 58 units being proposed for the new Londonderry facility, that’s significantly higher than the town’s current density limit, which would only allow for 27 housing units for a lot of its size.

Chadwick noted that an assisted living facility isn’t quite the same as an apartment complex, since the majority of residents aren’t currently driving and therefore wouldn’t be accountable for additional traffic.

“We’d still be able to meet parking requirements set forth by the town,” he told the board.

Kaplan said the facility, which would be staffed 24-hours, would have a total of 112 beds and most of the rooms would “essentially be two-bedroom apartments with shared living areas.”

Another All American Assisted Living site is currently operating in Hanson, Mass. and the company plans to open another site next summer in Raynham, Mass.

Kaplan Development Group has been in the senior housing business since the early 1970s.

Like the two facilities in Mass., the Londonderry location would have serve three meals each day and offer full nursing services.

“Most of our clients tend to be in their 80s and very few of them drive anymore,” Kaplan said. “For the most part, we’d provide transportation for shopping excursions, field trips and doctor appointments, though every now and then we do get a resident that still has his or her own car.”

“The way we’re set up, our residents don’t even have to go outside the building if they don’t want to,” he added. Once built, the site would employ around 66 people, divided among three shifts.

Chadwick said the project would go before the Zoning Board sometime this summer with hopes of obtaining a density waiver.

Town Planner Cynthia May said an assisted living facility appears to be a good fit for that part of town.

“From a planning perspective, this would make a good neighbor for the single and two-family homes located nearby,” May said. “Also, this is really close to all of the shopping facilities and medical offices, so it’s a really awesome location for an assisted living.”

As developers hope to bring Londonderry’s first assisted living facility to fruition, plans are already in the works to bring the first nursing home to town in the not-so-distant future.

In June, THI of New Hampshire at Derry, LLC, brought plans for a 109-bed nursing home before the state’s Health Services Planning and Review Committee. The $14.3 million project, which is being proposed for construction off Mammoth Road and Grenier Field Road, is currently in formal review process.

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