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.