Press-Republican

February 21, 2013

Plans released for merged nursing facility

By DENISE A. RAYMO
Press-Republican

---- — MALONE — Malone Town Council members have preliminary plans in hand for the Alice Hyde Medical Center Skilled Nursing/Assisted Living Facility.

The $35 million project will merge the existing nursing home at Alice Hyde with the Franklin County Nursing Home, creating a skilled-nursing facility with 135 beds and assisted-living quarters for 30 people.

The town recently agreed to be the lead agency in the State Department of Environmental Conservation Environmental Quality Review to see if the proposed project will cause significant environmental issues.

The project is expected to be discussed at the next Town Council meeting, set for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27.

MULTI-STORY BUILDINGS

According to the plans, the entrance off East Park Street shows a circular drop-off site at the entrance with parking to the left and right.

Plans show a three-story skilled-care center on three sides, with the rear section just two stories high. The center of the square structure features a large courtyard.

A second two-story building attached to but off to the right of the main nursing-home site will be the assisted-living area, with space behind it for future expansion identified on the plans.

ROOM SIZES

Skilled-care private rooms are 272 square feet with a 12-by-13-foot bedroom, a bathroom and foyer.

Shared skilled-care rooms are 481 square feet with two bedrooms measuring 12 by 13 feet each, a bathroom and a foyer.

The first floor has 27 nursing-care beds to the right and 28 skilled-care beds on the left, with a total of 56 skilled-nursing beds on the second floor along both sides of the courtyard.

The third-floor “neighborhood wing” has 11 resident rooms with a joint activity room, dining room, kitchen and living room. It also has 12 clinically complex beds on the left and 12 beds for rehabilitation clients to the right.

The 30 assisted-living bedrooms are 408 square feet each with a bathroom and foyer, and there is a 230-foot social area, a common living room and a dining room.

‘HUGE PROJECT’

Town Attorney Lillian Anderson-Duffy urged the Town Council to add language to the agreement that it would cost the town nothing to be lead agency and that any additional attorney fees, public-hearing notices and the full environmental review would be paid by the hospital.

“This is a huge project, and it’s happening in a residential area,” she said.

Town Supervisor Howard Maneely said the town’s Planning Board has already approved the project.

The nursing homes were each built in 1968. The county facility on Finney Boulevard has 80 beds, and Alice Hyde’s site off Park Street has 75 beds.

The county will pay Alice Hyde $1 million a year for 10 years for its share of the financing.

Email Denise A. Raymo: draymo@pressrepublican.com