BY LAURIE SCHREIBER
The century-old Plummer School in Falmouth has been transformed into Plummer Senior Living, a new independent senior living
community adjacent to OceanView at Falmouth Retirement Community, after a $6.5 million renovation.
The center, serving seniors 55 years and older, is set to open this month.
Sea Coast Management Co., started in 1989, purchased the school in 2013 from the town of Falmouth and contracted Developers
Collaborative to carry out the project. Sea Coast is a developer, owner and operator of market rate senior living communities — including
OceanView at Falmouth and Highland Green in Topsham.
The transformation of Plummer School was awarded the 2017 Maine Preservation Honor Award for efforts to preserve original
architecture. Plummer Senior Living retains features of the original school, including the gym, which will serve as a community room, the
theater stage, and elements of the classrooms throughout each residential unit. The center is pet-friendly and has four ADA accessible
apartments available, a 24-hour maintenance line and on-site resident concierge in partnership with the Southern Maine Agency on
Aging. Leasing opportunities are currently available.
John Wasileski, Sea Coast founder and owner, told Mainebiz by phone that he started his career in the mid-1970s at Avesta Housing,
then called York-Cumberland Housing, whose mission is to develop low- and moderate-income senior and family housing for York and
“From there, I realized I liked working in the development and management world for the mission of developing safe, decent and
affordable housing for seniors,” he said. “Plummer targets people with moderate incomes, whereas many senior program out there target
people with higher incomes.”
The project, on 2.5 acres, has 34 units ranging from 600 to 1,100 square feet, with rents starting at $1,200, he said. Half the units are in
the original 22,000-square-foot school building and half are in a 20,000-square-foot brick-exterior addition constructed for this project.