BY LOHR McKINSTRY
---- — ELIZABETHTOWN — After nine months, Essex County and the firm buying the Horace Nye Nursing Home have finally signed the sales contract.
The next step is for the new owners to obtain all necessary permits and licenses, then set a date to take over operations from the county.
Legal issues held up the deal, County Attorney Daniel Manning III said recently, but were finally resolved.
“I do want to congratulate Dan on getting that contract all signed with Horace Nye,” Supervisor Roby Politi (R-North Elba) said. “I think that is fabulous. I think this is the next area (finalizing the sale) I want to attack.”
The Centers for Specialty Care of the Bronx bought the Horace Nye home for $4.05 million. The deal was approved by the County Board of Supervisors in June 2012 but took until now to wrap up.
Manning told the Board of Supervisors Personnel and Administration Committee the new owners might be running Horace Nye by the end of the year.
“We are moving very quickly on it. The Horace Nye (sale) is moving along really quickly now. We’re coordinating with respect to some of the environmental (work), and that should move along quickly.
“It’s my understanding they have submitted their paperwork to the (State) Department of Health. They do operate just like a military operation. Everybody (at the centers) has their own area of expertise, so things really have been moving along quickly now.”
The Centers for Specialty Care needs a certificate of need, which is the operating license for the facility, from the State Department of Health.
“The contract took a little while to negotiate, but they were doing a lot of the work as we were negotiating, so they were kind of pushing things along,” Manning said.
“I won’t guarantee it, but maybe we can get it done by the end of the year.”
The Centers for Specialty Care is obligated by the agreement to offer jobs to current Horace Nye employees, to give first preference for rooms to county residents and to allow all residents there now to stay if they wish.
Located in Elizabethown, Horace Nye has 100 beds and about 135 employees.
The sale includes the building, lawn and parking lot, a total of 3.2 acres. National broker Marcus & Millichap of Chicago marketed the home and will receive a commission from the county.
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