Adirondack Grand senior housing facility still in planning stages

WESTPORT - A new housing facility to support seniors who are interested in both independent and assisted living may come to Westport by the end of 2012.

Adirondack Grand, a project started in 2009 by Bessboro Builders owner Dick Sherman and set to be built on the Westport Industrial Park which he also owns, is still in the development stages.

"We are in the process of connecting the management and developer with the lawyer to get everything together so we can proceed with the process," Sherman said. "The feasibility study for the project was completed in the summer of 2009 and the business plan was ready in November of the same year. Once we get through all of the logistics, then we will be eligible to start looking for investments."

Sherman has been working with the Westport town board on the project because the complex would require the extension of the current town sewer system, which may be able to be funded through grants.

"This project actually makes it possible for the funding for the town sewer extension because of the job creation possibilities," Sherman said, estimating that the new complex would provide at least 40 new jobs to the town.

Sherman said the housing would be according to varying needs.

"This is a three-part thing," he said. "You are looking at independent living facilities, assisted living facilities and memory care facilities, some of which take special care and people to provide the services. You are looking at providing people who are specialized in those fields, along with chefs, wait staff cleaning crews, management, promotional services - there is a very broad range of needs that can be filled here."

Sherman said he started looking for a way to use the land in the industrial park when he decided that looking for outside businesses was not going to be successful.

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