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Meadowbrook Terrace finishing details coming together; open house scheduled


CHAMPION — Final details are coming together before the anticipated Feb. 1 opening of Meadowbrook Terrace, a 60-bed assisted-living facility at 21957 Cole Road.

Administrator Joseph W. Millard said that before residents can move into the facility, Meadowbrook Terrace needs its operating certificate from the state Department of Health.

“We have to wait until official approval of the state to open that day,” Mr. Millard said.

He said the Department of Health had contractors do punch-list items, such as putting up hand-washing signs, choking-warning signs and covers on light switches.

“It provides the proof you’ve done everything you said you would do,” he said, regarding the operating certificate. “I’m pretty optimistic. I don’t foresee any major problems at this point.”

All jobs have been filled, and staff will begin work when the facility opens. Mr. Millard said Opal Dacosta, case manager, has been interviewing potential residents.

Mr. Millard said he and several other representatives will be on hand from 4 to 7 p.m. Jan. 30 at Meadowbrook Terrace to host an open house.

People will give tours, and light refreshments will be served. The event is open to the public.

“It’s very nice to be at a point where you can see it come to life,” Mr. Millard said.

Meadowbrook Terrace will feature 48 322-square-foot studio apartments and 12 one-bedroom, 433-square-foot apartments

There also will be 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.

Therapy and assistance with daily living will be available.

The $9.5 million project received $9 million of the $34 million Health Care Efficiency and Affordability Law for New Yorkers grant.

Samaritan Medical Center was the lead agency on the grant and used its portion to help construct its own 288-bed skilled-nursing and assisted-living facility in Watertown.

Carthage Area Hospital put up the remaining $500,000 for its Meadowbrook Terrace project.

The project was designed by Nelson Associates, Clinton. Murnane Building Contractors, 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.

For more information, call Mr. Millard at 493-3300 or visit the hospital’s website at

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