By Scott Tedrick
The City of Granite Falls broke ground on a new nursing home this past August in a front of a crowd of community well-wishers. “We are very pleased to get to this point and be able to break ground after three years,” said Hospital General Manager and CEO George Gerlach. “It will be a facility that the community will be proud of and that residents will want to live in.”
Gerlach offered a brief speech before hospital staff and board members joined representatives of Tremain Architects and Planning, of St. Paul and Kraus-Anderson Construction in donning hard hats and tossing piles of earth to the air, to kick off construction of the $8.41 million, 48,000 square foot facility.
Located adjacent to Granite Ridge Place on the east side of town up on an 8.1 acre plot of land, the project will also include roughly $1.5 million in new street and utilities developments to the site on East Jordan Drive
Financed through USDA Rural Development, the project will replace original structures that date back to 1948 and 1959. That 57-bed nursing home was deemed “obsolete” in two separate facility studies that were implemented in 2002 and 2011.
Employing a modern, more cost efficient, single floor layout the new 48-bed manor plan goes to great lengths to address desires for more space and privacy while also featuring an array of additional upgrades amenities that would allow nursing home staff to cater to needs of most any type of patient.
Construction is expected to be completed in the fall.