Welcome to Bessey Commons, where everything old is new again.

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    Bessey Commons Features
  • On-site Service Coordinator
  • On-site, 24-hr maintenance service
  • Ample parking
  • Smoke-free environment
  • On-site Laundry
  • Affordable rents - Average $700/month
  • Heat & hot water included
  • Internet Access provided in all units
  • Community kitchen & dining room, activity rooms
  • Library
  • Resident storage
  • Outdoor patio for cook-outs
  • Quilting & Sewing, Bingo and Bridge Clubs
  • Arts & crafts room
  • Exercise Room with exercise program
  • Scarborough Memorial Park is across the street with green space for walking and concerts in the gazebo
  • A variety of walking trails leading to the Eastern Trail
  • Athletic facilities are across the street offer a walking track
Green Housing Bessey Commons is a Green Housing Initiatives Property, click here to read more about our environmental efforts.
Bessey Commons is a beautiful new apartment community in Scarborough, Maine. The Commons is an apartment living that is designed for seniors to live happily, actively and independently. It is situated in the heart of the Scarborough village center, just minutes away from shopping, services, employment opportunities, gorgeous parks, transportation, and cultural events!

This wonderful community celebrates history as well as the future, the community is centered around the historic 1927 Elwood G. Bessey School building, which is listed on the National Historic Register. The Bessey School's exterior architectural facade and significant interior historical features have been carefully preserved to maintain the feeling of the original schoolhouse.

The historic Bessey School in Scarborough, Maine has been transformed into Bessey Commons, combining both old and new to provide 54 apartments designed specifically for residents aged 55 and over.

Bessey Commons is unique in many ways, but one of the most interesting things about the transformation of the school into a senior living center, is that the woman who developed this project was a student st the school, as were her parents. Cynthia Milliken Taylor's father attended the Bessey School when it was a high school. When she was an elementary school student at Bessey, she never dreamed that one day she would work with town officials to create such a worthy and much-needed senior living project.

As President of Housing Initiatives of New England, Bessey Commons has special meaning to her, as it will to the residents who will come to live in this well-preserved building, specifically designed for seniors to live independently.

Housing Initiatives of New England in proud of it's reputation across Northern New England for renovating important, historic buildings in the heart of towns and cities. Revitalizing these classic structures to become cornerstones of the community helps to invigorate the traditional neighborhoods of yesteryear. From mills to schools to victorian houses Housing Initiatives see the value in helping to rebuild the classic New England town.