Maplewood breaks ground on Fairfield senior living facility
Updated 4:19 pm, Wednesday, December 13, 2017
What began with a single senior center in Danbury continues to expand in Fairfield County as construction of Maplewood Senior Living’s latest 93,000-square-foot facility is underway in Fairfield.
Representatives of the Westport-based company and officials from Fairfield broke ground Wednesday at the site where Maplewood at Southport is set to open, celebrating another development project since the company started more than 10 years ago.
When it opens in spring 2019, it will be Maplewood’s seventh senior home to open in Connecticut, since CEO Gregory Smith started the business with his Maplewood at Danbury facility at 22 Hospital Ave.
Since then, the upscale senior living company has opened locations in Bethel, Darien, East Norwalk, Newtown and Orange while also expanding into Massachusetts, New York and Ohio.
“I’m excited for the seniors in Fairfield and Southport and to be able to provide them with some additional options,” Smith said. “It’s a good feeling to know that you’re bringing well-needed services to the community, and we’re excited about the prospects of the project and what that means for the town of Fairfield.”
The development is on a 27-acre parcel just off Interstate 95 at 917 Mill Hill Terrace.
Norwalk-based architecture firm Stein Troost is taking point on the building designs, with a variety of local contractors working on the project.
Ten acres of the project will be devoted to the 98-unit facility, which will house an array of amenities, including spacious lounges, a bar, bistro and dining areas, and more.
The remaining acreage will be converted into courtyard spaces and outdoor trails for residents, with a pond covering 4 acres of the site.
“We’re taking advantage of the size of that particular parcel to be able to offer not only internal amenity packages, but also a lot of external amenities, as well,” Smith said. “We’re looking to preserve as much of the land as we can. We’re looking to create a beautiful landscape environment over 10 acres of landscaping that is going to be done.”
Like other senior homes owned by Maplewood, the Southport location will offer assisted living and memory care services.
Fairfield First Selectman Mike Tetreau was among the officials who attended the groundbreaking ceremony.
“I see this a very important addition to our community,” Tetreau said. “We’ve got an aging population, and we’re looking for ways to help people stay in Fairfield if they choose but also stay close to their family members. … I’ve lost my two parents within the last few years, and I know they needed extra help at the end of their life, and a facility like this would’ve been very beneficial to them.”
This will be the company’s most recent Connecticut location since it opened Maplewood at Stony Hill in Bethel in 2014.
Smith said development of the Southport facility is slated to employ more than 200 contractors during the construction phase, while also creating more than 100 permanent positions when it opens.