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Meadowbrook Terrace scheduled to open in January

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WEST CARTHAGE — Meadowbrook Terrace is entering its last phases of construction.

The 60-bed assisted-living facility at 21957 Cole Road is about 70 percent completed, according to Administrator Joseph W. Millard.

“We’re finishing up exterior work on grounds, roads, siding, and we’re doing radiant floor heating now, working on Sheetrock and finishing touches,” he said. “The scheduled date for completion is Dec. 21. Our furniture will be delivered at that point, and we can set up rooms.”

The K-shaped building has varied progress in its wings. While one has wallboard, another is painted, and the third has cabinetwork installed.

Interest in the facility has been nearly overwhelming, Mr. Millard said. Dozens of calls and inquiries about Meadowbrook Terrace have been mostly about how to transition residents there and employment opportunities.

“We’ve got a lot of people on a list,” Mr. Millard said. “We’ll have an open house, but we want to have a pre-tour for prospective residents first. We’re hiring now and have some key positions hired and are doing interviews for different positions such as housekeeping and (dietary).”

Mr. Millard said some Carthage Area Hospital employees have shown interest in moving to 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.

Meadowbrook Terrace is scheduled to open by the end of January and will have 60 beds, which will be occupied by people with Medicaid and those who will pay privately. 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. Mr. Millard said the one-bedroom apartments will be for people who require just a bit more help than those who utilize the studio apartments, but all residents should be able to move around and have some level of independence in the 42,000-square-foot property.

The facility will have physical, occupational and speech therapy services, and health and wellness programs and provide help with daily living activities, such as cleaning and bathing.

The project and 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 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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