We have reported on quite a few unique “retrofits” here before — a church transformed into senior living, an old schoolhouse, a hotel — but this one may be the most intriguing of all: a ski resort.
Destination North Andover, outside of Boston, where Maryland-based developers are breathing new life into a ski area “that has sat largely idle for more than two decades,” according to this article recently posted on Boston.com.
With a scheduled opening date of July 2013, the Shelter Group’s vision for the former 33-acre Boston Hill Ski Area is a 143,000 square foot continuing care complex comprised of 65 independent living units, 41 assisted living units, and 27 Alzheimer’s care units.
The article indicates that the town’s residents are supportive of the project. Not only are they happy to see the vacant property put to use, but upon completion, the facility will generate over 100 new jobs and revenue that will not impact the school system.
Though in recent years, new senior living construction has been slow, projects like this one have met with great success. Read more about the state of the industry in this post, Senior Living Providers Find Potential in Troubled Properties.