Sylvia Ross Home for assisted living opens in Bangor

A view looking off one of the back second floor decks at the new Sylvia Ross Home at Ross Manor assisted living apartments in Bangor on June 24, 2010. (Bangor Daily News/Kevin Bennett)
A view looking off one of the back second floor decks at the new Sylvia Ross Home at Ross Manor assisted living apartments in Bangor on June 24, 2010. (Bangor Daily News/Kevin Bennett)
Posted June 25, 2010, at 9:58 a.m.
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BANGOR, Maine — After almost nine months of construction, the new Sylvia Ross Home is ready for business.

The assisted living center at the Ross Manor campus near the intersection of Broadway and Husson Avenue will begin receiving residents on Monday. The $5.9 million, 41-room complex, which replaces a facility of the same name at 44 Ohio Street, will nearly triple the home’s assisted living accommodations for seniors, Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems officials said in November.

The new Sylvia Ross Home will receive 19 residents next week and has apartments for 21 more. The home is equipped with a library, fitness center, beauty salon, movie theater, spa and activities room. An open house was held Thursday afternoon for doctors, social workers and others who might be interested in referring patients to the home, according to its director, Katie Freeman.

The new facility will offer residents access to home-cooked meals — each apartment is equipped with an oven and microwave, as well as a sink and dishwasher. Each apartment opens onto its own patio or deck, and some contain separate bedrooms while others are single rooms. The entrance to the facility opens into a large living room with a hardwood floor next to a dining room. The carpeted stairs near the main entrance lead up to a patio and the apartments.

The Ohio Street building will be converted to housing for more than a dozen medical students doing clinical rotations at Eastern Maine Medical Center, according to BDN archives.

The new Sylvia Ross Home will offer residents housekeeping, laundry and transportation services and assistance with daily living, according to the staff.

The Sylvia Ross Home was designed by Foresight Architects of Portland, according to Freeman, and was built by Ledgewood Construction. The home will have a community-wide opening at 10 a.m. Saturday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11.

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