Archive for Thursday, April 19, 2001

Cedar Grove to re-open under new ownership

April 19, 2001

A plan to renovate and expand Cedar Grove Nursing Home needs to clear just one more hurdle.

Bob Haynes, CEO of Progressive Health Care, said his plans to remodel the existing nursing home and add assisted living apartments has been approved by the De Soto Planning Commission with "some very minor" stipulations.

The plan was to be before the De Soto City Council for final approval Thursday. But Haynes said it had taken longer than he expected to get someone to the site to complete the required storm-water drainage plan.

City Planning Director Jane Gordanier said that would push the city council consideration of the plan back to May 17. The May 3 meeting will be the first for the newly-elected council, and the agenda will be kept to a minimum, she said.

Haynes said plans for the facility, to be renamed Hillside Village, will completely remodel the present building into a 36- to 48-bed skilled nursing facility and construct a new 35-unit assisted-living wing.

"The apartments will be all new," he said. "The nursing facility will look that way when we're finished. It will be an extensive renovation.

"We're also doing extensive work to the exterior grounds and landscaping. It will be a nice environment and facility."

Once the city council gives its approval, Haynes said, he will put the final financing details together with the project's three lenders.

At the state's request, Responsive Health Care took over management of the troubled nursing home on an emergency basis in 1999. When Cedar Grove closed early in January 2000, the company pitched an idea to the De Soto City Council that would have renovated the closed nursing home. At that time, the company asked the city to create a housing authority to issue bonds for the renovation.

That plan was later dropped. As the present plan moved forward, Responsive Health Care has not discussed a tax abatement for Hillside Village, Haynes said.

"The best thing we could ask from the community is for it to support Hillside Village," he said. "If we're full, we'll be successful."

Haynes said construction should start on Hillside Village in the late summer or early fall. It will take an estimated 90 days to remodel the nursing center and six to nine months to construct the assisted living apartments, he said.

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