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Meadowbrook Terrace construction schedule shifts, will still open Feb. 1

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WEST CARTHAGE — While the construction schedule for Meadowbrook Terrace has shifted, the 60-bed assisted living facility is on track to open early next month.

Administrator Joseph W. Millard said in November that construction was supposed to be complete by Dec. 21, but now there is no definitive date. Feb. 1 remains the target opening date.

“We’re doing things in sections of the building versus doing everything else at once,” he said. “It was too overwhelming to do everything at once.”

Mr. Millard said contractors have been working to complete the K-shaped building at 21957 Cole Road. Crews are working on minor interior projects, such as carpeting, lights and other finishing details.

Forty-eight 322-square-foot studio apartments and 12 one-bedroom, 433-square-foot apartments will be constructed, as well as an ice cream parlor, a store, a lounge area, a utility room, a data room, an activity room, a chapel and an employee work area in the one-level facility. One-bedroom apartments will be for people who require more help than those who use the studio apartments, but all residents should be able to move around and have some level of independence in the 42,000-square-foot building.

The facility, which will accept those on Medicaid as well as those who pay privately, will offer therapy services, health and wellness programs, and staff to help with daily living activities.

Some Carthage Area Hospital employees have shown interest in working at Meadowbrook Terrace, which would open jobs at the hospital, 1001 West Street Road, Carthage. Upwards of 40 positions are expected to help run the facility.

“We’ve hired everyone except two or three people,” Mr. Millard said. “They won’t begin until we’re open.”

The project was designed by Nelson Associates, Clinton. Murnane Building Construction, Whitesboro, is the general contractor. The nearly 10-acre property was purchased by Carthage Area Hospital for $1,066,000. Mr. Millard said there is plenty of space for expansion if needed.

Carthage Area Hospital will put up $500,000 for the $9.5 million project, and the remaining funds will come from a state grant. Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown, is the lead agency on the $34 million Health Care Efficiency and Affordability Law for New Yorkers grant, of which $9 million is to go to Carthage Area Hospital for construction of Meadowbrook Terrace. The remaining $25 million is helping Samaritan construct a 288-bed assisted-living and nursing home complex behind Washington Summit, off Washington Street, Watertown.

For more information, call Mr. Millard at 493-3300.

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