The new owners of Bella Point are expanding the assisted living facility's license to accommodate 45 residents, and updating the interior and exterior of the building.

Chad Cloutier and Matt Orne acquired Bella Point, formerly Camden Villa, from Joseph and Paula Goudreau, at the end of  December. Orne also acquired the three connected Mechanic Street buildings that the Goudreaus converted to the Knox Mill Senior Living Village Apartments. All of the buildings were once part of the Knox Woolen Mill.

Bella Point

Cloutier and Orne are equal owners of the real estate located at 51 Mechanic Street, with Cloutier the majority owner of the operation of Bella Point. Cloutier's business, DLTC Healthcare, is headquartered in Rockland and operates 11 facilities, including Crawford Commons in Union and Bayview Manor in Searsport. Bella Point operates four facilities, including the Camden location.

Cloutier said Jan. 22 that Bella Point is in the process of expanding its license to house 45 residents, from the current license for 35 residents. While the facility is large enough for 45 residents without renovations, he said, the interior of the building is being updated and remodeled with new colors and materials to bring it into the 21st century. Bella Point is currently advertising for new residents.

Cloutier, who is a past chairman of the Maine Health Care Association, explained that Bella Point will provide a continuum of care for those who qualify for assisted living. The facility accepts both private insurance and MaineCare, which allows residents to age in place, he said.

Knox Mill Senior Living

Orne is once again owner of the three connected buildings on Mechanic Street, that run from the corner of Washington Street up Mechanic Street, and for assessment purposes are designated as 32 Washington St. He bought the buildings once before in 2011, and sold them to the Goudreaus in 2015. He is a developer and owner of commercial properties, including the building occupied by Sea Dog Restaurant in Camden.

When the Goudreaus purchased the three Knox Mill Buildings on Mechanic Street, the ground floor housed retail and restaurant space, with commercial space on the upper floors. The Goudreaus renovated the upper floors into 32 apartments, originally intending the units for senior living.

Rockport Blueprint is a long-time retail tenant on Mechanic Street. The restaurant and remaining retail spaces are currently vacant.

The buildings were once part of the Knox Woolen Mill, which spanned both Washington and Mechanic streets, and included the building which is now Bella Point. In the 1990s, MBNA converted the Knox Mill into a call center and office space complex, when the late MBNA CEO Charles Cawley lived in Camden. In 2004, Bank of America bought MBNA, and sold many of the Knox Mill buildings to a Baltimore-based partnership. That partnership converted the Washington Street side of the mill into high-end condominiums. In 2008, the buildings went into bank receivership, and the Washington Street and Mechanic Street buildings were sold to different owners, including Orne.