The historic Bessey School in Scarborough, Maine has been transformed into Bessey Commons, combining both old and new to provide 54 apartments designed specifically for residents aged 55 and over.
This wonderful community celebrates history as well as the future, including the historic 1927 Elwood G. Bessey School building, which is listed on the National Historic Register. The Bessey School's exterior architectural facade and significant interior historical features have been carefully preserved to maintain the feeling of the original schoolhouse.
Bessey Commons is unique in many ways, but one of the most interesting things
about the transformation of the school into a senior living dwelling, is
that the woman who developed this project was once a student, as were her
Cynthia Milliken Taylor's father went to the Bessey School when it was a high
school. When she was an elementary school student at Bessey, she never dreamed
one day she would work with town officials to create such a worthy and much-needed
As President of Housing Initiatives of New England, Bessey Commons has special meaning to her, as it will to the residents who will come to live in this well-preserved building, specifically designed for seniors to live independently.
Those who live in Scarborough, Maine appreciate this diverse community that has a commitment to quality of life and the environment. Scarborough is located in southern Maine, approximately 7 miles south of the city of Portland, making it a short drive to Portland and the Maine Mall.
There is easy access to the Maine Turnpike, Portland Jetport and rail service to Boston and points south.
Scarborough also offers lovely accessible sandy beaches and the rocky coastline in addition to its open spaces, parks and recreational areas.