Permit issued for elderly housing expansion in Rockland

Posted Jan. 31, 2012, at 6:03 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A major addition to the Bartlett House elderly housing complex is set to go after the code enforcement officer issued a building permit.

Code Officer John Root issued the permit Jan. 25 for the addition of 24 apartments to the three-story Bartlett House, located on Bartlett Drive off Talbot Avenue.

The three-story addition will cost about $2.5 million to build. Construction is expected to begin in early March and take about nine months to complete, according to developer John Morris.

The project required a contract zone between the city and Bartlett Woods Inc. That zone change was approved in February 2011 on a 3-2 vote. Some residents of the existing 34-unit Bartlett House had opposed the addition, saying the construction would be disruptive, but Bartlett Woods officials defended the action.

Morris said there is a waiting list for people to rent units at Bartlett Woods.

“Most assisted living facilities, including Bartlett Woods, are at or near capacity. There is certainly the demand for more assisted living residences,” Morris said.