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Senior housing, Shaker style

A senior housing development with a holistic approach to mental and physical wellness is expected to complete its first phase of construction by next fall, according to the project's developers.

Shaker Pointe at Carondelet was organized and sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and is described as a nonprofit senior living campus.

It is located at 42 and 48 Delatour Road and will have 198 residential units and 38,000 square feet of office, retail and restaurant space.

Final approval for the project was granted Tuesday, April 20.

Stephen Grifferty, chief executive officer of the Alchester Group, said the project is the result of much collaboration and hard work.

"This project was the birth of a big planning effort," Grifferty said.

He said almost eight years ago, a study performed by the Sisters of St. Joseph, and one during the town's development of its Comprehensive Plan, identified a need for mid-income senior housing.

The site will have multiple types of housing, detached and attached and multi-family and single-family houses.

Other senior developments in town are also in the works, including Parkside at the Crossings, at 429 Sand Creek Road, which will have 68 senior condominiums and no office space. Another project on the Maxwell Road extension will have 51 senior units.

Grifferty said that although those other senior developments have cropped up recently, it takes more than restricting the age of its residents to be considered appropriate for the elderly.

"Shaker Point is so much more than mowing your lawn or plowing your snow," he said. "It's really quite different; it's very unique."

On site at Shaker Point, there will be a medical clinic, meal program and educational and recreation facilities.

"If you keep an active mind, it helps you age better," he said.

The public section of the commons building, The Pointe, will feature "a fitness and aquatic center, multiple recreational rooms, convenience store, hair and nail salon, barbershop, three distinctive dining venues and more."

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