Benchmark Opens First Community in New York State

SMITHTOWN, N.Y. — Benchmark has opened Whisper Woods of Smithtown, an assisted living and memory care community in Smithtown, located on Long Island.

Whisper Woods is a three-story, 88,500-square-foot building that sits on 12.6 acres. The property, Benchmark’s first in New York, features 101 units that can serve up to 136 residents.

“There has been a need for high-quality seniors housing on Long Island, where the 75-plus population has grown by 20 percent in the last eight years,” says Tom Grape, Benchmark’s chairman and CEO. “Whisper Woods is in an ideal location — close to downtown Smithtown and St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center.” 

Desiree Krajnyak-Baker is the community’s executive director, overseeing a team of 85. EW Howell built the $25.5 million project. 

Based in Waltham, Mass., Benchmark operates 58 senior living communities offering independent living, assisted living, memory care and continuing care in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. 

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