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2Life Communities’ Opus Groundbreaking

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NEWTON— On March 6th, 2023, New England construction management firm Dellbrook|JKS broke ground on Opus Newton, MA by 2Life Communities, alongside its architect Perkins Eastman. The new development will provide middle-market seniors with a more affordable living option, centered around community, neighborhood, and interpersonal connection.

“The way we view aging is shifting and so should the care and living options surrounding it,” said 2Life President and CEO Amy Schectman. “Opus prioritizes affordability, community, and not only aging in place, but aging in the right place. This model brings a breakthrough prototype to both our region and the nation, confronting the largely unaddressed dearth of middle-market senior living options for what we call ‘the forgotten middle.’ We want this framework to be adopted by other organizations, and we’re here to guide and support them along the way.”

Opus Newton will be constructed on the Jewish Community Center’s (JCC) Greater Boston campus in a location as vibrant as its services and programming. The building will also be connected to Coleman House, another 2Life collaboration with Dellbrook|JKS, where the construction management firm is completing a $25 million comprehensive modernization. Temporary modifications to the campus’ traffic flow will allow this busy hub to remain active throughout the course of construction, with sitework beginning before the month’s end. 

The sloping south end of campus will be prepared to welcome a 5-over-3 podium-style structure totaling 351,000 SF, with two amenity levels and six residential stories atop a two-floor parking garage. The amenity level will feature gathering spaces, a Connector Wing to Coleman House, and a 12,000 SF courtyard hugged by Opus on three sides. Once complete, Opus’ exterior will add visual interest to the area with its curved, colorful façade and beautifully-designed landscaping.

“Opus is 2Life’s first project addressing the need for an engaging senior-living experience designed to be within reach for middle-market older adults, and we’re proud to play a role in its creation,” said Carli Dantas, Project Manager at Dellbrook|JKS. “Getting to know the campus through working at Coleman House for the past several months has made our team even more excited to begin construction. Opus will benefit from the incredible sense of community that already exists on the campus.”

With more than 95% of its apartments already pre-sold, the introduction of Opus is an impressive indicator of success for 2Life’s new senior-living model. 2Life anticipates welcoming residents for move-ins starting in Summer 2025.