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[ forum ] D I C K C A R L S writer the demand for a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in Wellesley is real. Currently, it's estimated that there are 3,000 people, or approximately 11 percent of the town's population of 29,000, who are 70-plus years old. Many members of this population would like to downsize their homes but remain in town where they can be close to friends and family. The CCRC concept is well established. It offers older people, who are more or less healthy, the opportunity to downsize and provides them with a home and lifetime healthcare. About 85 per- cent of the industry is nonprofit, as is the project being proposed here. The CCRC provides a home and in-house health care, all under one roof. It also helps older people feel less isolated and lonely by providing common spaces for lounging, dining facilities, exercise spaces, meeting rooms, and study areas. Wellesley has several possible locations that can work for the development of a CCRC. One pos- sibility would be a sensitively designed facility on 22 acres in the center of the North 40, the par- cel of land the town purchased from Wellesley College in 2014. The CCRC proposed here would be just under 200 garden apartments, connected around a common building and built so as not to compromise the wooded ambience of the area. The development would include a combina- tion of one and two bedrooms, thereby accommodating both singles and couples. Approximately 250 persons could live in the apartments, amounting to just under 10 percent of the estimated 70-plus population. The proposed CCRC would open first to Wellesley residents, then to those from abut- ting towns, and also to those who may live elsewhere but also seek to be near their chil- dren and grandchildren who live here. The plan is to help the town to stay focused on bal- anced growth and to maintain its residential character. How well will the project fit physically in the 47-acre parcel? A look at North Hill, lodged at the southeast corner of the Babson College property, helps illustrate how a carefully de- signed development fits very nicely into the community without compromising its neigh- bors. A preliminary site plan is available show- ing building, lawn, parking areas, the projects setbacks, and how all elements will work together. The traffic impact from the development at the North 40 would be minimal for a cou- ple of reasons. For one thing, seniors do not use their cars as frequently as younger peo- ple. And a community bus service would not only be a nice amenity for the residents, but it would further minimize traffic. A CCRC for the North 40 "With all the services Wellesley now provides its seniors, there's still a missing gap." 52 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 8

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