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Elderly housing project unveiled for Rockland

Stephen Betts | BDN
Stephen Betts | BDN
The proposed Sunrise Meadows elderly housing development would be located off Thomaston Street.
By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine — A 60-unit elderly housing neighborhood has been proposed for the city, the largest residential development in many years.

The Rockland Planning Board will review the Sunrise Meadows project at the board’s meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 1. The board will review and discuss a pre-application on the project but take no vote that evening.

Sunrise Meadows would be located on the north side of Thomaston Street, west of the athletic fields, across from Moran Drive.

“This letter is to formally announce the proposal of Sunrise Meadows, a community of private living accommodations leased to the elderly who are generally able to take care of themselves,” stated developer Richard Chontos of Thomaston Street in Rockland in a letter to the planning board.

“The priority of Sunrise Meadows would be to provide accommodations by which the elderly may care for themselves and enjoy the privacy and companionship of community living,” Chontos wrote.

The development would consist of 15 buildings with four residences in each building. Each unit would consist of about 600 square feet. The handicapped-accessible residences would include one bedroom, a full bathroom, a living and dining area, a full kitchen and a ground-floor entrance.

The proposal is the latest to serve the elderly population.

Bartlett Woods broke ground last month to add 24 apartments to the Bartlett House off Rankin Street. That project will cost about $2.5 million.

Chontos proposed a 25-lot residential subdivision at the same location in 2008, but that project did not go forward.

No cost on the Sunrise Meadows project has been listed. Chontos could not be reached for comment on Monday.

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