New arrivals will be moving this summer into Arlington Court, a new street on the south side of the Carleton-Willard Village property, parallel to Old Billerica Road. The homes, which are nearly complete, will provide twelve independent living residences in six single-level buildings. Each has two bedrooms and two baths, and they constitute the final expansion of the Village.
Barbara Doyle President and CEO of the Village said, “We are very excited to see the completion of this 14-year journey and look forward to welcoming new residents to the Village.”
To make space for the Arlington Court construction, the Village purchased three parcels of land and in 2017 received approvals from the Conservation Commission, the Selectmen, and finally the Massachusetts General Court to modify the restrictions on a protected conservation area.
A stretch of New England stonewall can be seen in the middle of the court. The stones had been removed from an existing wall and stored. Now they have reappeared in their original location, though surrounded by new homes and freshly planted grass. The grass is flourishing and additional landscaping will be coming sometime after Memorial Day.
In addition to independent living units, Carleton-Willard provides other levels of support for the elderly including supportive living, rehabilitation, nursing care, and memory care.
Arlington Court is named in the tradition of the Village using Massachusetts place names for streets. It joins the other independent living courts: Andover, Bedford, Concord, Dartmouth, Essex, and Falmouth. (And yes, for those who care about such things they are in alphabetical order.)