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.
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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.
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.
The conditional approval directs project engineers to work with the city to ensure the stormwater management system works as intended.
Plans call for 14-foot-tall light fixtures in the parking area.
Schopfer said at a previous meeting that there would be little to no light spillover at the tree line and beyond.
The building exterior would feature brick wainscoting on the lower 4 feet and a Dryvit insulation and finish system above that.
The Planning Board unanimously approved subdivision of a 15-by-600-foot strip of land owned by CVPH Medical Center on the southern edge of the Meadowbrook property.
That lot is to be acquired and merged with the Meadowbrook property so some parking spaces can be moved from the eastern side of the property to the southern side.
The project had earlier received two variances from the City Zoning Board of Appeals.
One was to allow 39 percent of open space on the property, less than the 50 percent required by zoning.
The other was to allow 204 parking spaces, fewer than the required 295. That is not seen as an issue, as residents at Meadowbrook don’t have their own vehicles on site.
Meadowbrook had 120 beds when it opened in 1974. It expanded to 200 beds in 1987.
The proposed expansion is mainly in response to a need for skilled-nursing beds since Cedar Hedge Nursing Home in Rouses Point closed in 2006.
The Clinton County Health Department will have to issue its own certificate of occupancy before the facility can become operational.
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