2018-08-17 / Front Page

Hospice of So. Maine plans expansion

By Duke Harrington
Staff Writer

Hospice of Southern Maine has been given a preliminary go-ahead by the planning board to build a second location in Scarborough, at 11 Lincoln Ave.

Described by Assistant Town Planner Jamel Torres as being “kitty corner behind The Holy Donut,” the 7.8-acre site, has frontage at 390 Route 1.

Access to the site would be off Lincoln Avenue and not Route 1, Torres said.

The property was purchased by Hospice from Hannaford Bros. in July 2014 for $825,000. At the time the site was touted as a way to expand upon existing office space leased by Hospice at 180 and 136 Route 1. A $5.5 million hospice center was announced at the time of that sale. However, a prior master plan for the site has since expired, requiring the need for a new application, planning board chairman Cory Fellows said.

Hospice CEO Daryl Cady, the use of in-home health care in Maine has increased 57 percent since 2004, when her agency was founded with the creation of the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House at 11 Hunnewell Road. In that time, Maine has climbed from 49th to 25th among U.S. states in terms of the per capita number of people taking advantage of hospice-type services.

“We are finding that 85 percent of people or more want (health) care in their home,” Cady said. ““This building is much needed to continue our mission.”

Last year, Hospice of Southern Maine provided in-home care to 1,600 patients, including more than 200 from Scarborough, and provided bereavement services to more than 3,300 family members.

The new “open concept” 14,550-square-foot building will include “community space, a collaborative cafe, a bereavement suite, and a training center with a simulation lab,” Cady said.

The site is currently slated to include more than 100 parking spaces. The building also will employ a geothermal heating system, as well as dual solar arrays, in order to create what Cady called “a net zero building in the community.”

Groundbreaking is scheduled for next spring, with the facility slated to open in the summer of 2020, she said.

Architect Nicole Rogers, associate principal and director of architecture at SMRT Inc., said the one-story building will have four gable peaked roof structures, giving a “contemporary take on traditional New England vernacular, specific to coastal Maine — something that fits in with the Scarborough aesthetic.”

“But this is an office building. So, we don’t want it to look like a house,” she said.

The goal, she said, is to create a “safe, inviting space.”

Andrew Johnson, of Atlantic Resource Consulting, said a fountain remains on the property that was once part of the Danish Village, one of the first Route 1 motels. It could well be incorporated into the new development, he said.

The Aug. 7 planning board meeting was for a preliminary sketch plan. There will be “many more” meetings on the way to final approval, he said.

Staff Writer Duke Harrington can be reached at news@scarboroughleader.com.

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