New assisted living facility proposed for Clintonville Manor site in North Haven

NORTH HAVEN – A new assisted living center is proposed for the site of the former Clintonville Manor.

It’s the second such proposal for the empty lot at 201 Clintonville Road, and First Selectman Michael Freda is cautiously optomistic that it will become a reality.

Two years ago, Maplewood Senior Living proposed a facility to replace the shuttered Clintonville Manor, and won community support and all the approvals for the project. But before construction could begin, Maplewood, which owns six facillities in Connecticut and a total of 14 in four different states, announced it would not go forward with the North Haven development after all.

“After Maplewood had pulled out of the project to create an 84-unit senior assisted living facility, that was very disappointing for us because we had given them through Inland Wetlands and Planning and Zoning all the regulatory approvals,” First Selectman Michael Freda said. “I had visited the Maplewood Senior Assisted Living facility in Bethel and I was very impressed, and at the last moment they decided to pull the plans for financial reasons.”

But that didn’t discourage Freda and other town officials from pursuing other developers for the site. Almost a year ago the Clintonville Manor building was demolished, and the site has sat empty since.

“For the past two years , we have been actively searching out groups that are willing to build a senior assisted living facility as I think there’s a market here in North Haven for those seniors who may not be able to live on their own,” Freda said. “We are looking into a format that includes three meals a day, live in their own rooms, have certain anemeties like a barber shop, a hair styling salon, a store, perhaps even a pub, have entertainment, but also have medical assistance on site in the event they have medical issues.”

Last month the Inland Wetlands Comission approved the site plan for the new proposal, and this week the Planning and Zoning Commission did likewise.

“The application includes a site plan revision from the original approvals given to Maplewood in 2014-15,” Freda said. “So we are still trying to deliver to North Haven a senior assisted living complex, and this site will be closer to 100 units and include a slight revision from the original approvals, which is why they had to go back to Inland Wetlands and Planning and Zoning.”

Clintonville Road resident Amy Anderson said she would be happy to see a new facility go up at the empty lot.

“SInce they took the buillding down, it’s kind of an eyesore now,” said Anderson, who lives near the site. “I think it would be good for the town to be able to have another assisted living facility there.”

Freda agreed.

“In the end, what we are trying to accomplish is rehabilitation of an empty site to include an aesthetically, very pleasing from an architectural standpoint, building that fits in the neighborhood with senior citizens who probably will be 80 years old and older to provide senior assisted living, which I believe is greatly needed,” he said.

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