April 27, 2017
The board of one of the largest senior care facilities in the region has approved a $42 million expansion project.
Graceworks Lutheran Services greenlit the expansion of its flagship property, Bethany Village, at a meeting Tuesday night, setting up a plan to demolish a 22 unit, 47,000-square-foot skilled nursing center wing in the Linden House. In its place would be a new 74 unit, 90,000-square-foot three-story assisted living facility, called Crescent Crossing.
“Assisted living is what people are looking for in the market,” said Jackie D’Aurora, vice president of marketing and public relations for Graceworks.
The project will replace a structure built in the 1960s and which features small-converted nursing home rooms with half-bathrooms. In their place will be larger assisted living rooms and more gathering spaces, consistent with a more modern facility of this type, she said.
Once the building is finished, the group will then convert 36 smaller assisted living units into 35 units that specialize in memory care for patients with conditions such as Alzheimer’s.
I reported on the project late last year when the company first began to approach the city with the proposal. With the company’s board behind the new center, the next step is for them to secure financing. D’Aurora said the company hopes to have that lined up by June, with work to begin in July and take place over an 18-month time frame to be completed around the end of 2018.
Bethany Village has routinely been full, but the expansion will bring aboard newer assisted living facilities and a larger renovation that brings more options to people interested in senior care. It will also feature an updated gathering space, renovations to one of the main kitchens, and plenty of additional areas where people can congregate, which she said is on trend with senior care.
“Customers don’t want to do what we prescribe for them, they want to build their own activities to what suits their interests,” D’Aurora said. “As much as possible, how can we make sure people are as independent as they want to be.”
The project will also create about 50 jobs for nurses’ aides and support staff, at an estimated $1.5 million in payroll and $35,000 in new taxes paid to the city, D’Aurora said.
This will be the largest project on the 70-year-old community’s campus since a $47 million expansion project brought dozens of new villa homes, apartments and a memory support complex to Bethany Village a decade ago.
Messer Construction has been named general contractor on the project, which was designed by C.C. Hodgson Architectural Group.
Bethany Village is the second largest independent living community in the Dayton region, as well as one of the largest assisted living communities and largest skilled care communities in the region, with 420 residents in 383 units, according to the 2016-2017 DBJ Book of Lists. It’s a major component of Graceworks Lutheran Services, which has 1,000 local employees and $65.6 million in revenue in 2015, making it one of the largest local entities by employment and revenue, according to the Book of Lists.
Note: Crescent Crossing will be four floors, not three as written in the above article.