Albany County Nursing Home renovations take big step forward

August 08, 2017 06:16 PM

The Albany County Nursing Home was largely viewed as a money pit five years ago. It was also described as looking like a prison. Now, plans to revamp the facility have taken a big step forward.

NewsChannel 13 got a sneak peek behind the $60 million proposed renovations in March, but the project became a little more real on Tuesday. The state Health Department has signed off on a conditional approval to fund the project.

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The entrance and dining spaces will use glass ceilings and skylights to create an open atmosphere with natural light.    

The plan is to move all residents to the first floor and create six new additions to existing wings, which will allow for private courtyards that will be more inviting to residents and their loved ones.

At the same time, the remaining tower will be converted into a mix-use building for county agencies, including a partnership with the sheriff's office to create a 911 headquarters on the top floor.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy has said the upgrades will result in a higher Medicaid reimbursement and private pay rate, which will ultimately make, rather than cost the county money.

"Over five and a half years ago, we had a $19 million deficit out here at the nursing home. It was costing the taxpayers of Albany County well over a million dollars a month. In a partnership, in working together, we've taken that deficit, we’re down to $3.7 million. So it’s going to be a mix-use that’s going to generate us money and the good thing about it is the upper floors will have their own entrance," explained McCoy.

The county still has to submit a formal application so that construction can begin October 1. The slated completion date is June 2019.


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