Springfield News-Sun (Ohio) (Published: 26-Jul 2014 10:18 AM, Received: 10:18:28 AM)
By Matt Sanctis, Springfield News-Sun, Ohio
Word Count: 438
July 26--URBANA -- Vancrest Health Care Centers broke ground Friday on a $2 million project that will add 25 assisted living apartments to its facility on U.S. 68 and eventually will mean an additional 20 jobs.
Demand for those types of facilities is increasing as the population ages, said Mark White, company president. If the new apartments are filled, the company's long-term plan would be to eventually add 25 more apartments at the site.
The facility, located at 2380 S. U.S. 68, currently serves about 75 residents and has about 100 employees.
The company has owned and operated the site since they took control from Champaign County in 2008. Since then, the company has already invested close to $2 million in the site for renovations to make the site more modern, White said.
"We've put a lot of money into the facility to bring it up to what we believe the quality should be," he said.
The investment and jobs will be beneficial to the region, said Sandi Arnold, executive director of the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce.
"We're proud of those companies who come here and invest in jobs and expansion," Arnold said.
The project is expected to be complete in nine to 12 months. Most of the jobs created will be positions like cooks, cleaning staff, maintenance workers and other employees to provide service to potential residents, White said.
The company, based in Van Wert, Ohio, has seen steady growth, he said. Part of its strategy includes identifying and purchasing facilities that are already operating, but in which the previous owners either don't have the resources or interest in making the site work.
Champaign County had operated and maintained the facility for decades, but it eventually became a financial burden, Champaign County Commissioner Bob Corbett said.
Commissioners also believed the county shouldn't be in the business of managing a nursing home, he said, and began working with Vancrest to transfer ownership of the site.
"They took it over and made it a much better place than when we had it," Corbett said.
In New Carlisle, Vancrest is also working on a separate project in which the Belle Manor Nursing Home could merge with the Dayview Nursing Home. Vancrest would spend as much as $5 million to expand and renovate Dayview, and eventually donate Belle Manor to New Carlisle for office space.
Vancrest is also planning to build a new $7.5 million facility in Ada, Ohio, with construction starting this year.
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Original headline: $2M assisted living project to add 20 jobs
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