Setting EastView's Cornerstone
The seed for EastView began with a son’s quest similar to that of many other sons – to find an exceptional retirement community for his parents.
Finding no suitable retirement community in the area, he began to think that Middlebury might be the perfect location given the remarkable college-town setting, the beauty and charm of the landscape, and the diverse cultural offerings in the region. He shared his concept with others, more people became involved, and a plan blossomed – a nonprofit senior living with community-mindfulness as its cornerstone. The plan moved forward and momentum grew. With the generous support of Middlebury College and Porter Medical Center, EastView became a reality on its spectacular 40-acre site.
EastView's Mission Statement
To provide a resident centered retirement community that fosters independence and freedom, promotes a high quality of life, and is respectful of and open to all persons.
To be recognized and respected as the retirement community of choice, providing the highest quality senior living environment while responding to the changing needs of those we serve.
Stewardship ~ Protecting our treasure.
Demonstrating fiscal responsibility and respect for our natural and human resources.
Resident Centered ~ Honoring our residents.
Recognizing the valuable life experiences, desire to contribute and changing needs in all we do.
Integrity ~ Being true to our word.
Demonstrating the highest ethical standards through transparency in our business practice while protecting the privacy of those we serve.
Quality ~ Being the best we can be.
Maintaining a focus on continuous quality and performance improvement through assessment and measurement to improve efficiency, effectiveness and safety.
Education ~ Teaching each other.
Emphasizing the value of informed thinking by promoting life-long learning for residents, focused in-service and skill development for staff and Board, and building relationships with each other and local educational institutions.
EastView is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit corporation governed by a local board of directors. It was incorporated in 2005 by local businessman Rob Alberts who recognized a need for a locally-governed retirement community in Middlebury. Rob established a development team consisting of Anne Gardner (Atlantic Retirement Communities of Newburyport, Massachusetts), Susan Ritter (Board Chair), and Connie Leach (former Director of Marketing and Community Relations at EastView) who, along with Rob, committed over six years of service to EastView’s launching.
Design and construction were led by Stan Gawron and Mary Turgeon of Gawron Turgeon Architects (Scarborough, Maine) and project architect Kristi Woloszyn. EastView’s construction manager was D.E.W. Construction Company (Williston, Vermont) led by Don Wells and his EastView management team of Mike Smith and Gary Gibson.
EastView received its Environmental Land Use permit (Act 250 permit) in 2006. On-going appeals by a neighbor delayed the start of construction until December 2010. Financing for the project was secured through Greenwich Investment Management (Greenwich, Connecticut), Northfield Savings Bank, National Bank of Middlebury, a Community Development Block Grant, assistance from Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA), and future resident entry fees for independent living apartments and cottages.
Cottages were constructed through the winter of 2010-11
The first residents began to move to their cottage homes in October of 2011.
The Board of Directors, in May 2011, contracted with Wake Robin to assist with start-up management of EastView. Wake Robin hired Craig Johnsen as EastView’s first Executive Director in October 2011.
Construction of the Inn was completed in June 2012 enabling the official opening of the entire community.
EastView provides the region with a continuum of care and 99 residential offerings including 30 cottage homes, 31 independent living apartments, 20 residential care apartments, and 18 memory care studios, and respite care.
By June 2013, more than 105 residents of this growing and engaging community called EastView their home.