Archive for Thursday, November 30, 2000

Hope still alive to reopen DeSoto nursing home

November 30, 2000

A California-based management company still hopes to reopen a renamed Cedar Grove next year.

At the request of the state, Responsive Health Care took over the management of the troubled nursing home late last year on an emergency basis. When Cedar Grove closed in January, the company pitched an idea to the DeSoto City Council that would have renovated the closed Cedar Grove Nursing Home into a combined skilled nursing and assisted-living facility. The plan called for the city to create a housing authority to issue bonds for the renovation.

Although that financing plan has been abandoned, Dr. Rob Hayes said Responsive Health Care still wants to go ahead with the renovation. The plan would completely remodel the present building into a 48-bed skilled nursing facility and construct a new 32-unit assisted-living wing.

"Because we would have no association with the previous operation, we would call our facility Hillside Village," Hayes said.

For the project to go forward, the city must rezone the property from its current residential zoning. City zoning and planning coordinator Jane Gordanier said Responsive Health Care has requested commercial zoning. However, the DeSoto Planning Commission has recommended the company apply for planned-development zoning, which would allow Responsive Health Care to tailor its land uses.

The planning commission is scheduled to consider the zoning request Dec. 28. The city site-plan committee is scheduled to review the company`s plans for the property Dec. 12, Gordanier said. The city has yet to receive that paper work, she said.

Responsive Health Care is looking at a number of funding options, Hayes said. Although it won`t be asking the city to issue bonds, Hayes said the city will likely be asked provide some incentives.

"You`d be hard pressed to find a northeast Kansas community DeSoto`s size that doesn`t have these kinds of facilities," he said. "We see the senior care center we`re proposing as quite a benefit to the community."

When fully operational, Hillside Village would provide 40 to 50 jobs, Hayes said. But its more meaningful contribution might be the local service provided to DeSoto seniors and their families.

"DeSoto is unique in that when seniors need care, they have to be transported out of town," Hayes said.

Responsive Health Care hopes to open Hillside Village in 2001, Hayes said.

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