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February 26, 2014

Meadowbrook expansion approved

PLATTSBURGH — Meadowbrook Healthcare has received conditional approval from the City of Plattsburgh Planning Board for a proposed 87-bed, two-story expansion.

Meadowbrook Administrator Paul Richards said the expansion is expected to create the equivalent of 68 to 70 full-time jobs.

The skilled-nursing and rehabilitation center at 154 Prospect Ave. presently has about 275 to 300 employees.

The new addition will be a combination of private rooms with their own bathrooms and semi-private rooms with separate bedrooms and a shared bathroom.

The project is expected to cost an estimated $15 million.

HUD OK NEEDED

Richards said the next step is to submit a comprehensive application for funding to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which they hope to do sometime in April.

“That should take three to six months for approval,” he said.

Construction is expected to take about 14 months, with the start date to be determined by how long it takes for funding approval.

CONCERNS ADDRESSED

Neighbors on Jerry Drive had previously expressed concerns about noise and light intrusions on their privacy and stormwater runoff from the property.

Project architect David Schopfer said a 48-foot-long by 6-foot-high privacy fence will be moved 30 feet to the east, but the slope there will be re-graded so it sits at the same height as it does now.

The plan is to maintain as much of the tree line as possible.

Stormwater runoff will be collected in a series of pipes to be installed under the new parking lot. Those will hold the water and allow for gradual release to prevent flooding issues.

Schopfer said it will be “substantially better than what flows off site now.”

He said that if it becomes necessary, additional pipes could be installed in the grassy area on that side of the property to further reduce runoff.

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