Large nursing, assisted-living projects proposed in Glenville
GLENVILLE Glenville may have more senior housing and assisted-living units in 2014 if two projects on the docket come to fruition.
Baptist Health System is ready to move to phase two of its multi-year development project at its Swaggertown Road site, which would involve 192 nursing home beds, an 18,400-square-foot building containing offices and common area and a small maintenance building. Also, Glenwyck Development LLC is seeking approval for a 110-unit independent-living senior apartment complex and a 92-unit assisted-living facility on the vacant 10.5-acre site about 200 yards west of Walmart.
Workers broke ground last September on phase one of the Baptist Health project, which is a 72-bed assisted-living facility on a portion of the former 48-acre Horstman Farm on Swaggertown Road.
Project officials were at the Planning and Zoning Commission’s agenda meeting on Monday to present their conceptual plans.
Baptist consultant Liz Kormos said there would be eight houses, each with 24 units in a cottage style similar to The Eddy Village Green skilled nursing facility in Cohoes.
“This is not exactly the same, but it has the same character. It’s a new way of providing long-term care that’s more like home,” she said.
At least one of the houses and possibly more would be devoted to Alzheimer’s patients, according to Kormos.
Baptist is working with New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to make the units very energy efficient, she said. Construction should take about 16 months to complete.
Peter Romano Jr., director of civil engineering for The Chazen Companies, told the commission that the development will be hooked up to sanitary sewer. There will be a 12-inch main going up Swaggertown Road and openings for neighboring properties to tie into the system if they so choose, according to Romano.
Associate Administrator Tony Alotta asked the commission if the project could be put on the fast track because it is tied to an $8.7 million Health Care Efficiency and Affordability Law grant Baptist received from the state.
“We have to spend their money by the end of this year, so that means we have to be in the ground by the end of this summer,” he said.
The commission said it would work to accommodate Baptist’s schedule and members seemed supportive of the project overall.
“It’s definitely a needed service,” said Chairman Michael Carr.
Alotta said the three-story assisted-living facility currently under construction, which is named Judson Meadows, should be open around June or July.
Phase two costs about $36 million, according to Alotta. Other private financing will be used. Completion of this phase would allow Baptist to move the rest of its operations out of the current 262-bed facility in Scotia, which was built in 1977 and is outdated.
Future phases of the project could include independent-living apartments, medical offices and senior-oriented retail services such as a beauty salon and barbershop and cafe. Baptist would proceed with these phases depending on market conditions, Alotta said.
A little further along in the site review approval process is Glenwyck’s project, which will before the Planning and Zoning Commission Monday at 7 p.m.
Project attorney Mary Beth Slevin said the developers are hoping to start construction in late spring or early summer. The project will be done in phases with the senior apartments built first.
The apartments are designed for independent seniors who may want more amenities and don’t require assistance in day-to-day living. There would be a community pool, fitness center, small cafeteria and rooms for crafts and other activities.
“The expectation is these are folks who are very mobile and very active,” she said.
Project officials previously estimated that the first phase would cost between $4 million and $5 million.
The developers also did Eastwyck Village in North Greenbush.