The Falls at Cordingly Dam Undergoing $10-Million Renovation

22 Renovated Assisted Living and Mind & Memory Care Apartments Available for Occupancy Starting on November 1

Senior living home rendering

The Falls at Cordingly Dam, a Benchmark Senior Living assisted living and Mind & Memory Care community, today announced a $10-million renovation project to modernize the 24-year-old assisted living with memory care community in Newton, MA. The project includes opening more spaces where residents and families can enjoy stunning views of the Charles River. It will also create a wide variety of open-concept common areas and modern apartments designed to further improve quality of life, including nurturing residents’ passions and human connection.

“We want everyone to appreciate the splendor of the tranquil river surrounded by mature trees and the dam that dates back to 1704 from many different vantage points,” said Deb Foster, executive director of The Falls at Cordingly Dam. “We are excited to be able to bring even more to our residents, their family members and our caring associates who are committed to excellence.”

Starting on November 1, 22 freshly renovated senior assisted living and Mind & Memory Care apartments will be available for immediate occupancy. These independent assisted living and memory care assisted living apartments will include amenities like upgraded kitchenettes with new appliances, newly appointed bathrooms, granite countertops, and new flooring and lighting.

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

  • Additional indoor and outdoor water-view dining options, including a casual Bistro, outdoor kitchen, family room with a full kitchen and dining room, and a demonstration kitchen
  • Wellness Suite offering physical therapy and fitness classes
  • A recreation room for participating in programs, such as The Falls’ popular Expressive Arts Therapy program
  • Refreshed, modern salon providing hair and nail services
  • Covered entrance featuring a grand porte cochere and a new lobby

Rendering of dining room in senior living facility


All spaces will feature interior design by the award-winning Austin, TX-based StudioSIX5, which has created a modern, transitional design with traditional New England touches. Pops of vibrant blues and greens will complement neutral colors.

“The Falls was one of Benchmark’s first communities when we began nearly 25 years ago and has been an important part of the Newton community ever since,” said Tom Grape, founder, chairman and CEO of Benchmark. “We look forward to seeing our residents and their families continue to experience life’s joys and making meaningful connections in these beautiful new spaces.”

The project was designed by New Hampshire architects Udelsman Associates and Port One Architects. The general contractor is Platinum Builders in Newton, Mass.

Deposits on the 22 new units are presently being accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis. For more information about The Falls at Cordingly Dam, visit

About Benchmark Senior Living
Benchmark is a leading provider of senior housing in the Northeast, providing independent living, assisted living, memory care, and respite care options in 63 communities and across seven states. The Waltham-based company’s core values of Called to Care, Better Together and Be the Benchmark guide its mission to stay connected to who and what matters most: our residents, their families and our associates.

Throughout its history, Benchmark has continually been recognized as a top workplace. Benchmark is one of only two companies to be named to The Boston Globe’s Top Place to Work all 13 years that the honor has been given. The Great Place to Work Institute certified Benchmark for four straight years, and the company earned a place on FORTUNE’s 50 Best Workplaces in Aging Services three of the four years the magazine published the list.

Rendering of reception room in senior living facility

The Falls at Cordingly Dam