On Wednesday, Aug. 29th, OceanView owner John Wasileski hired a hi-lift (cherrypicker) to come to our campus to allow the development staff for Blueberry Commons to see, first-hand, the potential views from the new buildings. Groups of 6 to 10 were lifted 4 stories high in several locations to get a sense of the views from the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors of Blueberry Commons, our new luxury apartments, now being reserved for late 2013/early 2014 occupancy.
Rick Licht, Site Engineer, provided maps, compass points and landmark maps to orient those who went up in the hi-lift. The views, especially from the 4th floor, were spectacular! Looking out over the roof of the Main Lodge, all of Portland, Casco Bay, the lighthouses and islands were visible in a panoramic, sweeping vista. It was a beautiful day, and well-worth the jitters about the heights for everyone.
If you are interested in learning more about Blueberry Commons or our other future projects, please let our Director of Sales and Marketing, Gloria Walker, know. The best way to receive the most up-to-date information, as soon as it becomes available, is to join our Waiting List. Gloria would be happy to include you today!
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In January 2012, the Falmouth town council unanimously voted to sell the former Plummer-Motz and Lunt elementary school complex for $3.25 million to OceanView at Falmouth to add twenty abutting acres to the existing 60 acre retirement community campus. The 5-10 year, $25 million project will add more than 60 homes to the OceanView community, including independent cottages and luxury apartments, complementing our “smart-growth” model. It will also increase our annual tax bill to the town by $323,000 (the largest in Falmouth), and will benefit Falmouth residents through a public/private partnership to potentially establish a community recreation center, new library and a variety of other public amenities.
A major benefit of this acquisition is the required replacement of an existing conservation land parcel on the existing ‘school property.’ Due to a federal conservation land restriction, the town has to obtain and dedicate other land before the sale to OceanView can be completed. The Town Council has unanimously agreed to buy 133 acres of land on Blackstrap Road for $1.16 million, which has an appraised value of $1.2 million. The land, known as Hundred Acre Woods, is almost ten times larger than the conservation acreage it is replacing. The sale essentially provides the town with an excellent opportunity to swap the conservation
requirement and preserve a much larger piece of land.
Town officials hope to complete the sale of the school complex by December and OceanView plans to start redevelopment in January 2013, igniting an exciting period of growth for us over the next several years. With the new Blueberry Commons luxury apartments already planned
and being pre-marketed, the upcoming Memory Care Residence, Southern Maine Agency on Aging Memory Day Care, Medical Arts Building/Offices, and the new Schoolhouse Cottages, we have a lot to look forward to.
If you are interested in any of these new projects, please let our Director of Sales and Marketing, Gloria Walker, know. We have already started a Waiting List ,which we would love to add you to, so you can be the first to receive the most up-to-date information as soon as it becomes available!
OceanView’s premiere distinctive dining experience received a fresh makeover, complete with new furniture, window treatments, lighting, and an upgraded commercial kitchen.
The Bistro is located in the historic Whipple Farmhouse. Built in 1756, this pre-Revolutionary War saltbox’s picturesque view has been preserved with the dedication of 5 acres of preservation land.
Residents and their guests enjoy an upscale four-course dinner and 2 glasses of wine, with transportation and tip included.
The work of Executive Speciality Chef, Chris Ventimiglia, the Bistro’s offerings have been described by residents as “works of art.”
When Ned Swain received the call asking if he’d supply wines for the President’s March dinner to be held in Portland, he excitedly jumped at this lifetime opportunity. Choosing wines to pair with the locally-sourced food that would be served and getting to decide what the President would taste, Mr. Swain says, was an experience he’ll never forget.
Mr. Swain, a self-proclaimed wine geek, has been interested in wines for many years and his passion led him to develop Devenish Wines, right here in Maine. Committed to bringing their customers fine wines from small-production winemakers and importers, Devenish Wines believes wine should taste like where it comes from – that in some way embodies the unique climate and environment from where the grapes were produced.
This past Wednesday, OceanView was lucky enough to host a wine tasting presented by Mr.Swain. Along with the samplings of wine, tasters were treated to complementing ‘bites’ artfully prepared by our chefs at our Whipple Farm Bistro, one of three distinctive dining options here at OceanView.
Attendees raved about the wines, delicious food and Mr. Swain’s extensive knowledge and experience. Be sure to be on the lookout for our next culinary event here at OceanView!
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Edith was 12 years old in Worms, Germany, when her father told her she did not have to go to school that day. Their synagogue had burned in an infamous event that later was called Kristallnacht (“Night of Broken Glass)” – the beginning of the Holocaust.
In the new book “Against All Odds: A Miracle of Holocaust Survival,” Edith tells about life as a Jewish girl in Germany, how her 8-year-old sister Suse was sent to England for safety but passage could not be found for Edith, and how her family moved to Duisburg when things got too bad in Worms.
Proceeds from the book benefit the Holocaust & Human Rights Center of Maine.
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We’re thrilled with our newly expanded and renovated Library, completed on schedule!
Comfortable new furniture, carpeting, fresh decor and a cozy gas fireplace make the Library especially inviting!
Custom built wooden bookcases surround the spacious room, complete with wing back chairs, puzzle and game tables, and cozy reading nooks.
The new Media Room offers three computers with internet access and a state-of-the-art video magnifier for our low-vision residents.
The gorgeous view from the Library windows!
Portland is the seventh “greenest city” in the United States, according to the readers of Travel & Leisure magazine.
It’s also the No. 1 city in America to visit and to live in during the summer, according to the magazine’s rankings. It edged out San Diego in the visiting category, and Portland, Oregon in the living category.
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Excitement grows as construction on our newly expanded Library nears completion. Some of the new features include:
- A beautifully tiled gas fireplace.
- New carpet and decor in warm and relaxing color tones.
- Numerous windows all with views of Portland, Casco Bay, the Presumpscot River, and our lovely Gazebo Courtyard.
- A Computer Center with three computers, wireless access for iPad, Kindle, Nook, laptops, etc. and a Electronic Magnifying Unit to assist low-vision readers.
- Windows into the Library from the hall that expand the beautiful water views into our 2nd floor lobby area.
- A couch, wing back chairs, game board tables, and cozy reading nooks.
- Large puzzle table for two full-sized puzzles.
We eagerly anticipate completion of the Library by March 16th!