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Latest updates on Glenhaven construction

By Kelsie Hoitomt

GLENWOOD CITY — Glenhaven Nursing Home is set to go ahead with the new addition  groundbreaking just over two short months away.

A recap of what is planned is that around 50,000 square feet of building is to be constructed along the west side of the current nursing home.

This new addition will consist of a lower level of offices, meeting rooms, commons areas, a daycare, rehabilitation area and an upper level of most importantly single person rooms compared to the double occupant rooms that are currently in the nursing home.

Keeping individual’s dignity is the main idea behind the addition. These new rooms will allow residents to feel as though they are at home with their own space that has their own shower, TV, refrigerator, fireplace etc. The rooms will have vaulted ceilings and tile or carpeted floors just like that of a standard house.

For spouses, there will be a door that adjoins two rooms so a couple can continue to carry on about their own business or they can be together when they wish just like when they lived in their own home.

This addition will eliminate the constant request for single rooms right now and will increase independence and privacy. Additionally, all resident rooms have showers. Two new spa tubs and additional space for another salon sink and area for massage table will be added.

The construction is set to begin on April 8 depending on the weather and if no other circumstances arise. This project will take anywhere from 20 to 24 months to complete, including the remodeling of the current nursing home.

As of right now, the City of Glenwood City will hold a public hearing on January 30 at 7:00 p.m. at the City Hall to consider a request for a Conditional Use Permit to construct a 50,000 square foot building addition to the existing Glenhaven Nursing Home facility. The parcel is currently zoned as R-2 Residential and Commercial.

The next step will be a hearing held at the City Council meeting on February 4 at 7:00 p.m. where a resolution will be considered to declare that it is in the public interest that the portion of 6th Street lying north of Oak Street near the nursing home be vacated and discontinued.

Also, February 4 is the final date for the house that sits next to the nursing home on 6th Street and Oak Street to be purchased, otherwise decisions on demolition will take place.

As of right now, this project has raised about 5 percent of the $700,000 dollars needed in fundraising through the help of events like the Oktober Fest that was a big success.

The next fundraising event will be the Sweetheart’s Dinner on February 14 with an Italian-based menu; pricing and times will be available soon.

There will be monthly articles following the progress of construction as well as more information and details about what all is going on with the new addition.