Ribbon Cut on Portland, Maine Senior Living Facility

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Apartment BuildingThe Park Danforth senior living facility recently marked the opening of its new Arbor Street Apartments building with a ribbon-cutting ceremony … and not a moment too soon. Although construction just completed last month, the five-story, 58-unit building is already 80% subscribed with 46 apartments currently occupied.

Addressing an audience comprising local officials, board members, project partners and staff, The Park Danforth’s CEO Denise Vachon noted the new facility provides “comfortable, safe, secure” housing for residents and marks “another stage of growth in our long history here.” Founded in 1881 as the Mercantile Home for Aged Men, The Park Danforth has transformed greatly during its 136-year existence. Vachon has led the charge – including overseeing multiple expansions – for the past 33 years.

In addition to the 58 new one- and two-bedroom apartments, the project also includes a rooftop deck; new underground and surface parking; and a new connector that links to the existing main building and contains a theater, auditorium, board room and two multipurpose rooms, including one specifically designed for creative work in various art media. Additionally, a wing of the main building was renovated to create a “Main Street” offering shopping, a bistro and pub, wellness center and salon.

PC Construction served as construction manager on the $20.5 million Lavallee Brensinger-designed project.