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Monday, May 21 Business

Boom of senior housing on the way in Fairfield

As demand for Fairfield housing continues to grow, so does the demand for housing aimed strictly at seniors, which a trio of companies are on their way to addressing.

Fairfield will see more than 200 units of senior and assisted-living housing come online over the next three years as development of Sunrise Senior Living, Sturges Ridge and Maplewood at Southport continues. The three projects will include a number of spaces reserved for people with memory issues including Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

As of 2016, there were more than 575,000 Connecticut residents 65 and older, making up an estimated 16 percent of the state population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That number is expected to keep growing.

“They are responding to a need within not just Fairfield but the surrounding area,” said Mark Barnhart, Fairfield’s economic development director. “Everyone has talked about the fact that as a population we are growing older, and as people live longer we need specialized care options. They are certainly responding to that demand.”

The latest addition to the list of senior living developments is Sunrise of Fairfield at 1571 Stratfield Road. Virginia-based developers Sunrise Senior Living are building a 63,000-square-foot facility that will bring 83 units of senior and assisted-living.

Scientist are reconsidering how they study and review the progressive mental deterioration known at Alzheimers disease. It has always been believed that the disease which is the leading cause of dementia, originates in the brain, however a new study from the University of British Columbia as well as researchers in China reveals the neurodegenerative disease could actually begin elsewhere in the body.

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The company has more than 300 facilities throughout the U.S., Canada, and the UK, including in Stamford and under construction in Wilton. Barnhart said the $30 million project will be completed by 2020.

Development of Benchmark Senior Living’s newest community, Sturges Ridge, at 400 Mill Plain Road has been continuing as developers near a fall 2018 deadline.

That development will be bringing 68 apartments with assisted living services and 20 memory care spaces. It will be joining the Waltham, Mass., company’s residential facilities in Milford, Shelton, Trumbull, Brookfield, Ridgefield and Stamford.

Westport-based Maplewood Senior Living broke ground on its three-story, 93,0000-square-foot facility at 917 Mill Hill Terrace in December, with plans to bring almost 100 units to the area by spring of 2019. The development is starting to take form on the parcel, as a steel frame of the facility can be seen rising at the site.

The facility is being built on 27 acres of land just off Interstate 95 and will feature spacious lounges, a bar, bistro and a courtyard and pond area.

“Up until now we haven’t had this option for folks who are in need of these kind of services,” Barnhart said. “It’s very much market driven. It’s something that has been missing from the local marketplace, so we’re excited to have this as an additional housing option for folks who want to stay in the local community.”

Jordan.grice@hearstmediact.com

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