Sprawling across 36 acres atop a low bluestone ridge located between Creek and Middle Roads in Middlebury is a massive construction project thatwhen completed in May 2008will result in the largest planned adult retirement community in Vermont.
Dubbed the Lodge at Otter Creek, the construction effort is the largest in the history of Middlebury, Addison Countys shire town.
The expansive, rural campus being built by Bullrock Construction of Shelburne, Vt., will include independent living apartments, townhouses, cottages, a memory care facility, swimming pool, library, gymnasium, art gallery, beauty salon, hiking trails, and a classic, productive Vermont apple orchard.
In many ways, the Lodge will be a self-contained village within a village.
All living spaces at the Lodge are rented, not owned, according to Bullrocks Vice President of Marketing Phil Lassalle.
There are no buy-ins required, Lassalle said.
Prospective residents can move in with $2,500 down although monthly rents$3,800 per month for a 1,400-square-foot cottagewill likely appeal to seniors with savings. Residents, over the age of 55, need only venture into town for needed groceries, sundries, or downtown for entertainment or college programs.
As the creation of Bullrocks owner Gregg Beldock, the Lodge at Otter Creek represents the pinnacle of this young developers dream to provide a state-of-the-art living environment for Vermonts on-going influx of aging, educatedand largely well-heeledout-of-state baby boomers.
The Lodge campus will be especially attractive to Middlebury College alumni and those with a long-term vacation connection to the Green Mountain State. They certainly wont be disappointed in what the Lodge has to offer in the way of a modern, Vermont-style green lifestyle.
Beldock, a New York native and a graduate of the University of Vermont, is the president of the Bullrock Construction Corp., a real-estate development and construction management company.
When an aging family member experienced memory lost over a decade ago, Beldock embarked on a personal search for adult-care facilities that emphasized humanity. When he found the field lacking, he set out on a personal quest to design-build housing for what will become Vermonts largest population base in the 21st centurysenior citizens.
Beldock established the Shelburne Bay Senior Living Community at 185 Pine Haven Shores Rd. in Shelburne in the 1990s. This 65-apartment facility is for seniors who want to maintain an active, independent lifestyle within a managed retirement community. Shelburne Bay was the proof-of-concept for the grander Lodge at Otter Creek project.
The Lodge at Otter Creek broke ground in summer 2006 and progress on the site has been rapid to date. The multi-story, natural wood-sided main building, nestled behind woodland, can only be seen from Creek Road. The landscaped approach to the communitys main gate at 350 Lodge Rd., located just off Middle Road, will be tasteful and low key.
According to Beldock, the Lodge at Otter Creek is modeled after Shelburne Bay in both design and services.
We have studied the market and it is clear that there is a demand in Middlebury and throughout Addison County for appropriate and dignified housing for older adults, Beldock said. Too many seniors in this market cannot find suitable housing and services. Middlebury and the surrounding area have attracted families who have parents from out of the area in need of housing and some assistance; it is often this situation that creates the demand for senior housing.
Next week: Inside the Lodge at Otter Creek.
For details about the Lodge at Otter Creek, visit Bullrocks web site at www.lodgeatottercreek.com or call 802-388-1220 for rental rates and floorplans.