Assisted living site for Hubbard

HUBBARD – Plans are under way for a new assisted living and skilled nursing facility on Elmwood Drive.

CHCC Health Care Centers will begin Phase 1 of the $7 million project by April 1, with an estimated completion date of Nov. 1. The complex will be called Countryside at The Elmwood Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing Facility.

“We will start in 30 days, give or take based on weather issues,” CHCC president Joe Cilone said of the complex, which sits on 5.5 acres of land.

Phase 1, or the Elmwood Assisted Living portion, will include construction of 42 units, eight one-bedroom suites and 34 studios. Cilone noted the building will have the capability of expanding to 60 units. The facility will provide meals, activities, transportation, nursing and a family guest site.

“We’re going to keep people in Hubbard,” Cilone said of the first phase, which he said will create around 35 new jobs.

“I think people need to have their health care needs met and they will have another option here in Hubbard. It is nice to be able to stay home for your care,” he said. ”I know when I need care, I like to do it as close to home as possible.”

City Council voted unanimously last month to approve a zoning change for the property, moving it from residential to a public facility. Councilwoman Lisha Pompili-Baumiller said the facility will have a positive impact on the community.

The construction will be done by Jackson Taylor Contractors of Mentor.

“I’m head of economic development, so you know I think this is a very good thing,” Pompili-Baumiller said. “Any time that we can bring in new business that is going to help promote the city as a whole, it is good.”

The project is being financed by Cortland Bank, with investments made by JCTH Holdings in Youngstown and Jeff and Steve Melnick of Hubbard.

“We were assured that this area is definitely going to get first consideration for jobs and placement by CHCC,” Pompili-Baumiller said. “It is also going to promote our restaurants and gas stations. Maybe even possibly new housing for people who will come in to be with their loved ones.”

Phase 2, or the Countryside Health Care Center portion of the project, is tentatively set to begin immediately following the completion of Phase 1, according to Cilone.

The second phase will include 50 Medicare / Medicaid-certified nurses and private suites with private baths. The property is located on four acres that will connect to the assisted living facility.

Cilone estimated that the entire project will be completed sometime in 2014. He estimated that the new complex will create approximately 60 jobs.

“We’re very excited,” Cilone said. “We finally got everything together now and I think we’re going to have a nice property.