PLATTSBURGH — Meadowbrook Healthcare has moved one step closer to approval of an 87-bed expansion project.
Meadowbrook, a skilled-nursing and rehabilitative center at 154 Prospect Ave., has proposed the addition of the two-story addition on the east side of the present facility.
More details of the project were presented by Meadowbrook Manager Paul Richards and architect David Schopfer during a recent preliminary subdivision and site-plan review by the City of Plattsburgh Planning Board.
The region has been in need of additional skilled-nursing beds since Cedar Hedge Nursing Home in Rouses Point closed in 2006, Richards noted.
The subdivision would pave the way for Meadowbrook to acquire a 15-by-600-foot strip of property to the south from CVPH Medical Center and merge it with the Meadowbrook property.
The merged property would allow some parking spaces to be moved from the eastern side of the property to the south.
“The objective is really to minimize our intrusion going east,” Richards said.
The project received variances from the City Zoning Board of Appeals late last year. The plan calls for only 39 percent open space, instead of the required 50 percent, and only 204 parking spaces, when 295 are required.
The latter deficiency is regarded as minimal because residents don’t have vehicles, so the spaces are for staff and visitors.
There would be 14-foot light fixtures on the perimeter of the parking area, Schopfer said, with little to no spillover at the tree line of the property.
Schopfer said there would be a combination of private rooms with their own bathrooms and semi-private rooms with a shared bathroom and separate sleeping quarters. Only a few units would have two beds.
The exterior would feature brick wainscoting on the lower four feet and a Dryvit exterior insulation and finish system above that.