Rising on 36 acres near downtown Middlebury, VT, a $50-million construction project will be the largest planned adult-living community in the Lake Champlain region when completed in May 2008. The Lodge at Otter Creek will be a self-contained village within a village. The lodges marketing official, Phil Lassalle, of Bullrock Construction, said the campus is already attracting retiree inquiries (and reservations) from Vermont, New York and beyond.
We recently got a peek inside the main lodge building and a model cottage currently under construction by Bullrock, of Shelburne, VT.
The multilevel, wooden-sided main building includes sixty spacious independent living apartments, twenty-four assisted-care units, a sixteen-room memory-care facility with a runway designed for patients freedom of movement, a swimming pool, whirlpools, spas, a library, a gymnasium, art gallery, game room (with pool tables) and a beauty salon. A room will also be set aside for dance, Pilates and yoga classes.
All-natural materials are used throughout the Lodge construction site. Green energy-efficient lighting, heating and cooling systems will be the big stars at the Lodge. A new generation of retiring adults care a lot about the environment; they want their current and future residences to have a small footprint on the Vermont environment. And thats what theyll get at the Lodge at Otter Creek. Despite its 36 acres, and thanks to the builders commitment to green building practices, the Lodge will actually make less of an environmental impact than other similar, smaller-scale facilities.
Outside, 80 one-story cottages ring the main lodge; these units, like the main lodge, are designed in the federal style and are evocative of the Lake Champlain regions classic architecture. Inside the Lodges cute model cottage, its easy to envision a comfortable, safe retirement lifestyle that will look out onto the neat campus and the rural landscape beyond.
Quality of life and a commitment to the environment dont appear to be the sole talking points of the Lodge at Otter Creek. Safety and security are equally important.