Fox Hill Village captured a distinctive opportunity to redefine its life plan community and address needs for continuing care and wellness by promoting an active, healthy lifestyle. The unique structure — a resident-owned co-op — required that the residents collectively determine their future community. Through an inclusive, creative workshop process, our design team guided them to eliminate a skilled nursing program in favor of new assisted living residences, adding over 16,000 sf of wellness amenity and support spaces.
An upscale community on 83 acres, Fox Hill Village consists of 343 independent living residences and two Green House™ homes, including 24 assisted living memory support rooms. Clark House, a 70-room skilled nursing residence, formerly owned by Mass General, was demolished to accommodate assisted living residences atop a new center for healthy living.
The assisted living residences are organized into two households of 12-apartments each. Modifying the previous building footprint allowed the apartments to be organized in clusters rather than along lengthy corridors. At the center of each floor, common spaces provide an opportunity for the residents to come together as a community through meals, entertainment, and lifelong learning.
The bistro in the center for healthy living provides a new casual dining option for the whole community that includes lighter fare, healthy meal options, and a direct visual and physical connection to the outdoors.
The new wing takes full advantage of the site, using the topography to locate a service entrance at the lowest corner, out of view of the amenity spaces, while the pool, aerobics room, and bistro overlook the densely wooded landscape just beyond the building. Likewise, the Birch Grove AL apartments look out to the forest while a terrace at each level provides direct connection to the outdoors for AL residents.