Conceptual Drawings of Weston Senior Living

The developers of Weston Senior Living and award-winning architectural firm, Alisberg Parker have released a set of conceptual drawings to illustrate their vision for the architectural integration of this new community into the landscape. Their plan calls for six colonial farm home-style buildings spread across the rolling 15-acre property facing a central green. The grounds will feature walking paths and beautiful landscaping. As the approval process continues, detailed drawings and plans will be presented in accordance with Town specifications.

Weston Senior Living house view meadow view porch view

Renowned Weston Architect to Design New Senior Living Community

A recent Home by Alisberg Parker
A recent Home by Alisberg Parker

The developers of Weston Senior Living have announced the appointment of award-winning architectural firm, Alisberg Parker, to head the effort to build high-quality homes, purpose-built for seniors, on the Phillips Farm property in Weston. Partner Ed Parker, lead architect for the project, lives across the road from the Farm with his wife and four children and has been an active resident of Weston for 14 years.  Parker will be heading up this project and will be integrally involved in all facets of design and construction. Founding Partner, Susan Alisberg will head up the Architectural Interiors portion of the project.

The project, inspired by the Town’s call for strategies to retain empty-nesters in Weston, was launched by prominent locals Jess DiPasquale and Joseph Lipton. Their vision is to create high-quality homes with a maintenance-free lifestyle for active adults over 55 who are looking for a way to stay in Weston as well as families who want to be near their aging parents.

DiPasquale was delighted by the opportunity to work with the firm, stating “Alisberg Parker’s elegant and smart single-family homes in the area caught our eye as the model for community living with a small town feel. Ed Parker’s involvement in Weston, through the Bisceglie-Scribner Park and Lachat Farm committees has helped shaped the town for the better.”

Lipton, a real estate development veteran, said “We know Ed and Susan will use their extensive backgrounds in both multifamily and high-end single-family design to meet, and exceed, our very high standards for the development of Weston Senior Living.”

Parker had this to say about the project, “I truly think it is a much needed resource for Weston. My goal is to create a beautiful and thoughtful new community for seniors while staying as sensitive to the character of Weston as possible. I live across the street and welcome this opportunity to add a new neighborhood to a wonderful town my family has enjoyed for so many years.”

Alisberg Parker’s first order of business will be conceptual renderings of the project to give Westonites a clear picture of the beautiful, colonial-style, new community. The drawings, when complete, will be posted on here on WestonSeniors.com, the central location for all facts about the effort to retain our seniors through smart development.

BIOS

EDWARD PARKER III

Ed ParkerEd Parker will be heading up this project and will be integrally involved in all facets of design and construction. He will be the day to day contact for the project. He joined Susan Alisberg in 1998 and became a partner in 2001, coinciding with the relocation of the firm to Old Greenwich. Alisberg Parker has completed several residential projects in Weston and is intimately familiar with the building and planning department personnel

Ed has worked as a builder and architect for over twenty years. He has a Bachelor of Science in Design from Clemson University and a Master of Architecture degree from Yale University Graduate School of Architecture where he won the James Gamble Rodgers Scholarship. While working with renowned sculptor Kent Bloomer as an ornartiste’ he constructed projects in Reagan National Airport and Rice University. He was a Lecturer at Yale University Graduate School of Architecture and is the Architect for the Khakum Wood Association in Greenwich, Connecticut. Ed is also a member of the Institute of Classical Architecture.

Ed has lived in Weston for 14 years with his wife and 4 children. He has coached flag football, soccer and basketball in Weston and is a member of WASL (Weston Adult Soccer League). He was an integral part of the Bisceglie-Scribner Park Committee that renovated the pond and playground (and lives next door to the park, across from the new senior development). He now serves as a member of the Lachat Town Farm Committee.

SUSAN ALISBERG

Susan AlisbergSusan R. Alisberg is the founding partner of Alisberg Parker Architects and will head up the Architectural Interiors portion of the project. Susan graduated Cum Laude with a Fine Arts degree from Cornell University and then earned her Master’s Degree in Architecture from Columbia University. Upon receiving her degree, Susan worked for Horace Ginsbern & Assoc, a firm specializing in multi-family housing designs. Susan then worked for five years for Skidmore Owings & Merrill in New York City, and obtained greater experience working on multi-family housing developments. Susan left Skidmore to start her own firm to follow her passion in residential architecture. She has over twenty-five years experience in the field of Architecture and Interior Design.

Susan Alisberg has lived and worked in Greenwich for over 25 years where she and her husband Andy have raised their three children.The Alisbergs are active in the Greenwich Community. Andy is currently Vice Chairman of the Board of the Greenwich YMCA and Susan served on the Board of Directors of the Greenwich chapter of the American Red Cross for 9years. Susan was an active volunteer at the Greenwich Country Day school where she served as Treasurer of the Book Fair and Class Mom. She remains involved in the Greenwich chapter of Room to Read, an organization supporting literacy for the underprivileged

JESS DIPASQUALE

Jess DiPasquale has been a fixture in town for 23 years. He currently is well-known for his service to the town as a Police Commissioner, where he is responsible for helping to maintain Weston’s high quality of life. As a member of the Weston Kiwanis, Weston Historical Society, and many other town organizations, Jess has put a premium on service to the community he calls home. He is CEO of the Alliance Group, a Westport-based Telecommunications company.

Jess and his wife, Andrea have five children who have all attended Weston Schools with three children still in the School system. Jess plans to retire in Weston when all of the children are finished with School.

JOSEPH LIPTON

Joseph Lipton has worked on hundreds of successful real estate projects, bringing value to owners while respecting the current neighbors. These developments have ranged in size from NYC high-rise office buildings in Midtown, to luxury residential enclaves on the coast of Maine. Joe lives in Weston his wife, Florencia, two young sons, and his mother-in-law.

A New Community For Seniors

Weston CT Town Hall

A group of neighbors in Weston, who comprise Weston Senior Living, is proposing a new zoning designation be created in Weston for an Active Adult Community District in order to build high-quality homes for our senior residents who want to downsize and live independently. We are planning a purpose-built neighborhood on the Phillips Farm property, which borders Newtown Turnpike, across from the Bisceglie-Scribner ball fields and park.

As fellow Westonites we recognize that this town has a rural, sophisticated character that is highly prized and we believe that this beautiful community for seniors will be seamlessly integrated into the character of Weston. Our goal during the process is to provide full, accurate information about what we are planning, which will be updated on this site.

First, let’s start with who “we” are.

Jess DiPasquale has been a fixture in town for 23 years. He currently is well-known for his service to the town as a Police Commissioner, where he is responsible for helping to maintain Weston’s high quality of life.  As a member of the Weston Kiwanis, Weston Historical Society, and many other town organizations, Jess has put a premium on service to the community he calls home. He is CEO of the Alliance Group, a Westport-based Telecommunications company. Jess and his wife, Andrea have five children who have all attended Weston Schools with three children still in the School system.  Jess plans to retire in Weston when all of the children are finished with School.

Joseph Lipton has worked on hundreds of successful real estate projects, bringing value to owners while respecting the current neighbors. These developments have ranged in size from NYC high-rise office buildings in Midtown, to luxury residential enclaves on the coast of Maine. Joe lives in Weston his wife, Florencia, two young sons, and his mother-in-law.

Both Jess and Joe are “active adults” themselves, as they are both over 55 years old. They believe, wholeheartedly, that valuing our eldest generation is the key to a dynamic community with a rich history and a strong future.

Now, here are the facts about what we plan to do:

  • Secure approval for an Active Adult Community District for properties over 15 acres on state roads to build housing for adults 55 and older.
    • Acceptance of the Weston Active Adult Community by Planning and Zoning would NOT affect two acre residential zoning in our Town.
  • We intend to present a fully developed plan to the Town to create a new community on the property which includes:
    • 36 single-floor units from about 1,500-1,800 sq ft with 1-2 private garage spaces.
    • These units will be distributed equally in 6 buildings that look like high-quality, architecturally designed colonial-style single homes, similar to other developments in Weston.
    • The buildings will meet current town height restrictions, with pitched roofs, like most homes.
    • The units will have luxury finishes and appliances, mobility-friendly features (including access to elevators), and private outdoor space.
    • There are NO income restrictions on ownership of these homes and they are NOT assisted living or nursing care.
    • The details and color scheme will blend harmoniously with the surroundings while varying enough to avoid “sameness.”
    • The buildings will be beautifully finished on all sides to present an attractive appearance for neighbors and visitors alike.
    • The driveways, paths, and grounds will be well-planned, and the physical materials top-notch. There will be ample trees and landscaping to blend with Weston’s sophisticated but rural ambiance.
    • To the extent feasible, we plan to retain and refurbish certain historical structures on the property as a visual and useful reminder of the Phillips Farm legacy.
    • There will be a pond with walkways as part of the proposed development.

The homes in this new community will use a septic system and leach field like most homes in Weston. However, this system will be approved by the State of CT Dept. of Energy & Environmental Protection, whose strict guidelines and procedures will be adhered to by all parties involved. Water will be supplied by wells, drawing from an ample water supply under this property. We are also conducting a professional traffic study of the surrounding area. Any impacts will be fully studied and made public.

While we believe strongly in the vision to create a special place for Weston’s seniors to call home, and we hope to gain your support, we recognize that you may have questions and concerns. We would like to hear those concerns, answer your questions (click here for our FAQ), and make sure that we are achieving our goals of transparency and integrity in this process. You can use the form on this page to reach us with direct questions, concerns, and to ask to be kept up to date via email. We will also be speaking about the project at meetings to be announced.

Sincerely,

Jess DiPasquale & Joseph Lipton