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Hudson -- It was a dark and rainy night, but the halls were crowded to watch the ribbon cutting and grand opening of the "beautiful" new skilled nursing facility on Barlow Road.
Developer LTC Realty 1 LLC converted the 35,000-square-foot former Flood Co. headquarters at 1212 Barlow Road into a skilled nursing facility, the Heritage of Hudson, which was opened for visitors Feb. 26.
Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Carolyn Konefal said it was a great asset to the city and a "beautiful" building.
"I'm grateful to Hudson," said David Mitchell of LTC Realty 1 LLC. "I was told through the grapevine that Hudson was a tough place to do business, but we were welcomed with open arms."
Mark Richardson, Hudson community development director, ushered the developers through the permit and approval process, Mitchell said.
Director of Admissions Pam Oslin said there were 34 private and eight semi-private rooms for a total of 50 beds.
Each room is climate controlled with cable, a flat screen television, electric beds and a full bathroom with a handheld shower.
Because the rooms were converted from office space, each room is a little bit different, Oslin said.
The first floor has admission and administrative offices and residential rooms with more residential rooms on the second floor along with a dining room, Oslin said. The lower level has offices plus rooms for activities, including a therapy room, spa, library, salon and recreational room. Therapy includes physical, with weights, steps and other exercise equipment; occupational with a functioning kitchen and bathroom; and speech including therapy for swallowing.
Mitchell said phase II, which will add 30 beds to the existing 50 beds, will begin in March with 15,500 square feet of space and should be completed by the end of the year.
The total investment for both phases will be between $9 million and $10 million, Mitchell said.
The skilled nursing facility will employ about 70 and 100 people over three shifts, Oslin said.
Mayor William Currin cut the ribbon, formerly opening the facility and beginning the tour of the three floors.
"It's a wonderful repurpose of the building and great addition to Hudson and Northeast Ohio to give residents another option," Currin said.
Council member Alex Kelemen said he was glad to see the former Flood building repurposed and put to good use.
"It's nice to see a number of opportunities people will have to choose from," added Council member Dan Williams.
For more information, contact Pam Oslin, director of admissions, at 330-650-0023.