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Ground broken for Shepherd of Valley

LIBERTY — Shepherd of the Valley broke ground Wednesday for its largest capital project ever with work to begin soon on a $31 million, 110,000-square-foot senior living community campus at 1501 Tibbetts Wick Road.

Richard Limongi, executive director of Shepherd of Valley, said “This is the beginning of a new milestone in the journey of Shepherd of the Valley. We are embarking on a new campus.”

He said work should be complete by late spring 2020.

“The project we are celebrating today has required a lot of leadership. While today we are breaking ground, it is far from the beginning of this project. This has been years in the making,” Limongi said.

The campus will include 79 skilled nursing beds, 30 independent living apartments and 60 assisted living units with 30 for memory care suites, Limongi said.

He said those in apartments will receive services such as meals, housekeeping, wellness checks, skilled nursing and rehabilitation services.

There also will be a dining area, chapel, lounge, common area and wellness area.

Limongi said the location has easy access from Niles, Girard, Liberty, Vienna, Brookfield, Hubbard and McDonald.

Baker, Bednar, Snyder and Associates of Howland did the architectural work and DeSalvo Construction of Howland is handling project construction.

“This is a great project and just the beginning of the rebirth of Liberty. This is just one of the new developments for the township,” said Trustee Chairman Arnie Clebone.

He said with the economy picking up and the township near the interstate used by thousands of travelers every day, more people are looking at Liberty for homes and businesses.

“We care deeply about patients and the communities we serve. We have committed to serving seniors and their families and strive to be part of something that makes a real, meaningful difference,” said Rick Mattix, future associate director of the Liberty facility.

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