Evans Park at Newton Corner $13-Million Renovation to Transform Historic Landmark

Fine Dining, Renovated Assisted Living and Mind & Memory Care Apartments, Expanded Wellness Services, Solarium & More to Debut in Early 2024

Evans Park at Newton Corner, a Benchmark Senior Living assisted living and Mind & Memory Care community, today announced a $13-million renovation project to modernize the 30-year-old assisted living with memory care community in Newton, MA. The project will create more spaces for residents to connect with one another, focus on their overall health and relaxation, as well as provide more modern apartments.

The project is also honoring the building’s rich history, which dates to 1905, by adding external lighting to highlight unique architectural features. Built by famed developer, Warren Evans, “The Evans,” as it was first known, was considered to be the most beautiful apartment complex in the city. Every convenience and luxury were offered, including fine dining by an acclaimed chef.

“By transforming our resident dining experience, modernizing apartments and introducing more communal spaces, we want to honor the great history of this community, which has been a fixture in many of our residents’ lives. The renovation will uniquely blend historic charm with modern design,” said Susan Cohen Cwieka, regional director of operations for Benchmark. “Residents and their families will enjoy new spaces in which they can stay connected to who and what matters most.”

Some of the many extended living spaces that residents and their loved ones will be able to enjoy include:

  • Restaurant-style formal dining prepared in an open kitchen and a new casual bistro.
  • New solarium designed to bring the vibrant outdoors in.
  • Modern hair salon providing nail services and massage therapy.
  • Wellness Suite offering the convenience of on-site medical visits.
  • Fitness Center featuring specialized equipment and exercise classes.
  • Recreation room for events, including parties, art therapy and concerts.

Independent assisted living apartments will include amenities like upgraded kitchenettes with new appliances, newly appointed bathrooms, granite countertops, new flooring and lighting. The communities fourth floor memory care assisted living apartments will be enlarged and bathrooms that can accommodate wheelchairs and with other safety features added.

All spaces will feature interior design by Boston-based Stefura Associates, creators of award-winning transitional design for places like the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Massachusetts State House. At Evans Park, clean, earth tones, including vibrant greens, rich browns and warm grays, will adorn all shared spaces and corridors.

“Evans Park at Newton Corner was one of the first communities I developed almost 30 years ago,” said Tom Grape, founder, chairman and CEO of Benchmark. “It was the first in Massachusetts created for assisted living, and it’s been a beloved part of Newton Corner ever since. We are excited to honor such an important landmark by investing further in beautiful new living spaces and expanding amenities for our residents and their families to enjoy for years to come.”

Over the past couple of years, Benchmark has invested heavily in the Newton area. In 2020, Benchmark transformed another Newton historical landmark, the former Andover Newton Theological School, which dates to the 1700s, to open Adelaide of Newton Centre. Last year, Benchmark also completed an $11-million renovation of The Falls at Cordingly Dam in Newton Lower Falls, Mass.

Evans Park at Newton Corner was designed by Lexington, Mass.-based Bechtel Frank Erickson. The general contractor is South Coast Improvement in Marion, Mass.

The complete renovation is expected to debut in early 2024. Click here for more information.

About Benchmark Senior Living

Benchmark is New England’s largest senior living provider with 64 independent living, assisted living, memory care and continuing care communities and over 5,000 dedicated associates providing compassionate care and outstanding experiences throughout the Northeast. The Waltham, Mass.-based company was founded over 25 years ago by Tom Grape with the purpose of Transforming Lives Through Human Connection. Since then, Benchmark has continued to set the industry standard, having won over a hundred local, regional and national awards for its care, programs and as a top workplace. Benchmark has been named one of the Top Places to Work for 15 straight years in The Boston Globe’s annual employee-based survey and received repeated recognition in FORTUNE’s Best Workplaces for Aging Services list. For more information, visit BenchmarkSeniorLiving.com.

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