Act 250 application filed for 98-unit of senior housing in Berlin

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Act 250 application filed for 98-unit of senior housing in Berlin

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 11:15am -- tim

Artist rendering courtesy of Dousevicz, Inc.

Vermont Business Magazine Dousevicz Inc and Heidenberg Properties Group have joined forces to develop an independent, assisted and memory care housing community adjacent to the Berlin Mall. Following the Town of Berlin Development Review Board’s approval of zoning applications for 98 units of senior housing—the first development of its kind in Berlin—the project has moved to the next key phase, with Dousevicz Inc submitting an application for an Act 250 permit.

Through a unique relationship, Dousevicz, a developer of over 500 of senior housing throughout Vermont, and Heidenberg Properties Group, the owners of the Berlin Mall and approximately 3,000,000 SF of retail properties, are combining efforts to develop the senior housing at the Berlin Mall.

Designed to include both independent and assisted living, as well as memory care, all under one roof, the project will be located adjacent to the existing Mall buildings.

“Our vision is to create a vibrant town center where people of all ages live, work and play in a way that embraces community and celebrates life in Central Vermont, and this senior housing project perfectly fits with this plan,” said Ken Simon, VP of Real Estate for Heidenberg Properties Group.

“We are excited to now work with the State and stakeholder communities to usher the project through the next steps including, for example, navigating Act 250,” said Brad Dousevicz of Dousevicz, Inc. “We plan to start construction this Fall, provided, of course, the Act 250 application process goes smoothly,” added Dousevicz.

The site is served by public transit, water and sewer, and is easily accessible to Central Vermont Medical Center, numerous physicians, a full-service grocery store, as well as a wide assortment of retail products and services at Walmart, JCPenney, Kohl’s, and other mall shops. Planet Fitness offers a full exercise facility, and Passumpsic Savings Bank offers a full line of financial products and services, as well as convenient drive-through. This project is an important step towards realizing the Town’s goal of creating a mixed-use, pedestrian friendly town center, as expressed in the Town Plan adopted by Berlin’s residents last summer.

Independent living communities are perfect for seniors wanting to go about their everyday lives with some help in the areas of housekeeping, meal preparation and transportation. Assisted living offers all the benefits of independent living, in a secure and licensed environment where medication is administered, and personal healthcare is coordinated. The secure and licensed memory housing is specifically designed for seniors with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other memory impairment, and features specialized programming for memory impairments, and staff trained to handle the challenges of memory loss.

According to U.S. Census figures, Vermont's population is the second oldest in the nation. In the next decade, Vermont is projected to add another 100,000 people to the 60-and-older age group, a 16% increase. The number of Vermonters 85-and-older is expected to double by 2030.

“We’re anticipating this project will create a lot of good local jobs—both during construction and when operational, as well as significantly contribute to our municipal and state tax bases,” added Simon.

About Dousevicz, Inc.: Dousevicz, Inc. is a family owned and operated development, real estate, and construction firm located in Essex, Vermont, founded nearly 30 years ago. Projects include award winning, convenient, and quality built town home and single family home neighborhoods, affordable senior housing, high-rise luxury condominiums, and countless commercial properties. For more information, visit

About Heidenberg Properties Group: Heidenberg Properties Group develops, owns and manages a diverse portfolio of strategically located open-air shopping centers and retail properties. Its portfolio consists of approximately 3,000,000 square feet of retail space concentrated in Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia. The portfolio includes large regional shopping centers, neighborhood and community properties and single tenant assets. For more information, visit

About Berlin Mall: Situated between Montpelier (Vermont State Capital) and Barre, and ¼-mile from the intersection of I-89 and Rt. 62, the Berlin Mall is ideally positioned to draw from both local and regional customers. Tenants: Walmart, Kohl’s, JCPenney, Planet Fitness, Passumpsic Bank, AroMed Aromatherapy, Bath & Body Works, GameStop, GNC Live Well, Olympia Sports, Optical Expressions, SHOE DEPT., Supercuts, Verizon Wireless, and Vermont Bobbin. For more information, visit

Source: BERLIN, VT—Dousevicz, Inc 7.9.2019