Kennebunk Planning Board Reviews Revised Memory Care Project Plan

The former rest area on Route 1 South in Kennebunk is about to become the site of a 12-bed memory care facility. Photo by Dan King

KENNEBUNK – Plans for a new 12-bed memory care facility at the site of the former rest area on Route 1 South were back before the planning board earlier this week.

The project was first submitted to the board of directors in the fall of 2019, with a sketch plan followed by a walk around the site. Then there was a break for a state environmental assessment.

Beach Glass Management, LLC, on Monday presented a new plan for The Mooring, a proposal that avoids spring pools and wetlands at the 14-acre site and is another step in the application process.

A new sketch of a proposed memory care facility on the site of the former Highway 1 rest area was presented to the Kenenbunk Planning Council on Monday. Courtesy Image

The Mooring has two other facilities, at Cumberland Foreside and The Downs in Scarborough.

The residences are designed to meet the specific needs of people with dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of progressive memory loss.

Each of the 12 residential suites opens onto a common living space, including the open kitchen and dining room, living areas and an activity room. A secure garden area is provided at the rear of the property, with circular paths and raised gardens

The new plan places the facility further on the 14 acres – there is a required 250-foot buffer zone and it is located away from wetlands, said Bill Walsh of Walsh Engineering. The plan shows 24 parking spaces and a parking and unloading area. Walsh said the facility will connect to Route 1 for water and sewer, and electric utilities will be underground at the site.

In response to a question about how close the walkway is to the spring pools, Walsh said it can be tilted so water can flow in a direction away from the pools.

The site was once a rest area and later a snow dump. There were previous projects planned for the city-owned site, but none came to fruition.

Kennebunk issued a request for proposals in September 2018 and ultimately elected to enter into a buy and sell agreement with Beach Glass Management, LLC, for the redevelopment of the property. The company offered $ 150,000 for the property.

Planning council members agreed on Monday that another walk around the site was not necessary.

The project is in an area that requires a design review.

“I think this will be a good project,” said Planning Board chair Chris MacClinchy.