Construction progresses on new senior living community in Shelton

The steel frame has been completed for a 73,000-square-foot senior living community being built off Bridgeport Avenue in Shelton.

The assisted living facility will feature 27 studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units. There also will be a 20-unit memory-care wing for residents with dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Callahan Inc., a Massachusetts-based construction firm, is overseeing the 92-unit project that is located behind the Center at Split Rock shopping complex.

The three-story building will include a combination of a panelized, EIFS (exterior insulation finishing system) and clapboard façade, asphalt shingling, and an accent-metal, standing-seam roof.

It will be a LEED-certified structure, meaning it utilizes green design — or environmentally-friendly techniques.

Location, cost and jobs

The building is at 708A Bridgeport Ave., between Outback Steakhouse and the Route 8 expressway. Access is through the Center at Split Rock driveway.

The $25 million construction project will bring 250 jobs to the area and once completed, the community will employ 85 people. It is scheduled to open in May 2014.

Laurie Rodman of Benchmark Senior Living has said Shelton has strong market fundamentals, with a growing senior population. “Combined with compelling demographics and limited senior housing options, it presents an ideal locale for a new purpose-built assisted living community,” Rodman said.

From a bistro-pub to a library

Publicity material has referred to the facility as both Benchmark Senior Living at Split Rock, and Benchmark at Shelton Ridge.

Amenities will include a main dining room and private dining, a bistro/pub, and library. The community also will have an exercise room and a beauty salon with spa and wellness suite.

“The wing specializing in memory care will be a tremendous asset to the community,” said Pat Callahan, president of Callahan Inc.

“Unfortunately, more and more elders are faced with loss of memory and dementia and this new community will also help families deal with those unique challenges,” Callahan said.

About Callahan and Benchmark

Callahan Inc. is a full-service construction firm that specializes in construction management and preconstruction. It works on retail, multi-family, education, corporate, industrial, and historic preservation and rehabilitation projects. Learn more at

Benchmark Senior Living currently owns and operates 16 senior living communities in Connecticut, including Carriage Green at Milford, Middlebrook Farms at Trumbull, Village at Mariner’s Point in East Haven, and Ridgefield Crossings. The Massachusetts-based company also owns facilities in the other five New England states. Learn more at