BEDFORD — The South River Road corridor, which has been bustling with conceptual housing plans in recent weeks, is now being eyed for a new, three-story senior housing complex.
Resort Lifestyle Communities is hoping to build a 130-unit facility at 308 South River Rd., which is designed to offer an independent living community for senior citizens, according to conceptual plans filed at town hall.
The plans include a luxury, resort-style living concept with numerous amenities for residents. The conceptual proposal highlights a 180,000 square feet, three-story building with studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and some three-bedroom units that could house about 165 residents.
“The proposed senior independent living community would allow for the needs of the growing senior population in the town to be addressed, without creating residential sprawl,” states the conceptual plans. “ … senior independent living communities are intended to provide a community for seniors who still are able and wish to live independently, but wish to remain part of their local community.”
Cameron General Contractors will be seeking a waiver to allow for the proposed construction of an elderly housing facility in the town’s performance zone, as well as a waiver from the 25 percent workforce housing requirement, states the conceptual plans.
Mark Connors, assistant planning director, states in the plans that the large size of the proposed building is a concern.
“The applicant should consider design alternatives to mitigate the massing and scale of the building, including breaking the proposal into separate buildings,” Connors wrote in an email to the developers.
The conceptual plans for the 27-acre parcel are scheduled to be reviewed by the local planning board on Nov. 4.
Meanwhile, two other conceptual plans have already been introduced to planning officials for the South River Road corridor, including 290 apartments at 125 S. River Road at the new Market and Main development, and 300 apartments at Sebbins Brook Crossing. Several residents have spoken out against these two projects in recent weeks, claiming they could alter the small-town feel of the community, add traffic congestion and crowd the school system.
“The fire chief has expressed concern regarding the ability of the fire department to adequately respond to several proposed large residential projects, including this (senior housing) proposal,” said Connors.
Aside from the 130 proposed apartments at the Resort Lifestyle Communities development, 48 garages are being proposed, along with 112 additional parking spaces.
The facility will be staffed at all hours of the day, and live-in managers will be on site, according to the conceptual plans.
“Numerous senior-friendly design features are provided so as to minimize the potential for accidents requiring medical attention,” states the plans, noting the installation of shower seats, lower shelving height, grab bars and more.
There will be two wings of resident apartments with living suits, each featuring a full kitchen and laundry hookups, in addition to common areas in the center of the building, according to the conceptual plans; a formal site plan application has not yet been submitted.
“We believe the proposed location will complement other uses within the immediate area and offer a great housing choice for seniors wanting to enjoy all of the amenities and services that come with our resort-style independent living community,” it states.