Pingree to announce multimillion dollar funding for expansion of Bath retirement home

Posted Nov. 14, 2013, at 11:43 a.m.
Last modified Nov. 15, 2013, at 5:31 p.m.

BATH, Maine — U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree on Monday will appear in Bath to announce “significant” funding for an expansion of the Plant Home.

Pingree spokesman Willy Ritch on Thursday declined to say how much will be invested. A release from her office states that Virginia Manuel, state director of USDA Rural Development, will attend the announcement at the Washington Street retirement home.

“This critical funding will assist the historic Plant Memorial Home in the construction of a 50,000-square-foot addition with 45 units of quality senior care,” the release states. “This more than doubles the facility’s capacity to assist the area’s aging population, as they currently have 37 units.”

The Bath Planning Board in August granted site plan approval and developmental subdivision approvals for the project, The Forecaster reported.

Earlier this month the City Council approved a contract zone for the project.

The Plant Home includes 37 private apartments in the main building, 11 apartments in duplexes and one single-occupant building.

The expansion calls for building a three-story, 48,000-square-foot building with 45 more units. It would tear down four of the duplexes and build two triplexes in their place.

“I think it’s a great project,” Bath City Manager Bill Giroux said Thursday. “The Plant Home has always served a very important purpose for the community. I think it goes back to the original mission that Thomas Plant had in mind when he put forth the money to build the place … People love the Plant Home. They love the fact that when they get old and need a home, there’s a place they can go.”

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