U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-1st District, is in the city this morning to announce $10 million in USDA Rural Development Community Facility Program funds will assist the historic Plant Memorial Home in expanding its assisted senior care center here.

Pingree and USDA Rural Development State Director Virginia Manuel visited the facility at 1 Washington St., this morning to make the announcement.

The funding will likely foot the entire bill — previously estimated at $9.2 million — of constructing a 50,000-square-foot addition with 45 new residential units at the assisted-living facility. The project will more than double the facility’s capacity to assist the area’s aging population, as they currently have 37 units.

The Plant Memorial home was built in 1917 with a mission “to deliver to its residents, regardless of their ability to pay, the highest quality independent elder housing and assisted living services, professionally, compassionately, and efficiently; and to support community involvement in the Mid-coast Maine area.”

The Plant Home had just received City Council approval of the project on Nov. 6 after a months-long review.

“My impression is that this ($10 million loan) is the entire financing,” Pingree spokesman Willy Ritch told The Times Record this morning. 

Check back later for updates, photos and video of this morning’s ceremony.

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