May 15, 1997 in Washington Voices

Good Samaritan Village To Expand

By The Spokesman-Review
 

Spokane Good Samaritan Village plans an $8 million expansion of its Spokane Valley facility.

The three-phase project will add 28 duplexes and a 50-unit apartment building to the Greenacres campus, located at 17121 E. Eighth. The new facilities will be just west of the main building.

Ten duplexes will be constructed in the project’s first phase, slated to begin by year’s end, said Tamara Gordon, community development coordinator for Good Samaritan. Taylor Engineering developed the site plans, Gordon said. Contractors have not been selected to construct the duplexes or apartment building.

Eighteen duplexes will be built in the second and third phases, depending on market demand, Gordon said.

“We’re conscious of not overbuilding,” she said.

The project will include walking trails and common areas for residents.

Gordon said no decision has been made whether the new units will be operated as assisted- or independent-living facilities.

“We’ll see what community needs are at the time,” she said.

Good Samaritan plans to begin preselling duplexes within the next six months, Gordon said.

Right now, Good Samaritan is conducting surveys of potential occupants to see what kinds of amenities and home designs they’d prefer.

Rates have not been set but will be once the surveys and designs have been completed.

Once all the duplexes are sold, Good Samaritan will begin construction of the single-story apartment building. No rates or construction schedule has been set, Gordon said.

Good Samaritan also recently acquired the former Valleycrest nursing facility at 12715 E. Mission.

That facility, which will accommodate 130 people, will begin housing residents June 2.

In the past two months, workers have been renovating the building. The renovation will cost Good Samaritan approximately $200,000.

Workers have been painting and laying new carpet throughout the east and central wings. In addition to being painted, the dining room will be updated and the east entrance will be revamped, said administrator Camille Mounts.

“It’s going to look completely different,” she said. “We’re sprucing it up and freshening it up at little.”

The west wing will be the home of Holy Family Hospital’s new adult day care facility, Mounts said. Holy Family and Good Samaritan have formed a partnership for the project.

“But, we’re doing one thing at a time,” she said. Work on the west wing has not begun.

A staff of 15 to 20 nurses will undergo two weeks of training before opening the facility. Mounts said the center can initially accept 10 residents before undergoing a state inspection. If the facility passes, it will be certified to accept Medicare and Medicaid payments and begin accepting additional residents.

, DataTimes


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