Pa. company plans three assisted-living centers

December 03, 1997

Pa. company plans three assisted-living centers


Staff Writer

A Mechanicsburg, Pa.-based firm is planning to invest $13.3 million to build assisted-living centers in Hagerstown, Martinsburg, W.Va., and Shippensburg, Pa., next year, officials said Wednesday.

The centers will provide at least 180 suites with 198 beds in the Tri-State area, said Balanced Care Corp. officials.

There is a definite need in the area for assisted-living services, said Tim Costello, director of development for Maryland.

Residents of the assisted-living centers can receive help with getting dressed, being bathed, taking medication and receiving therapy, he said.

Costello said residents are usually senior citizens, but the centers are open to anyone in need of assistance.

Price ranges for suites accommodating one or two people were not available yet, he said. Suites include a bedroom, living area, private bath and closet, Costello said.


Construction on a $4.6 million center in Martinsburg could start by mid-December and be open in November 1998, said Todd Fabbri, another Balanced Care director of development.

A $5 million center in Hagerstown could be under construction by May and open by March 1999 if the company doesn't run into delays obtaining zoning and planning approval, Costello said. It would employ about 40 people, he said.

Outlook Pointe at Hagerstown and Outlook Pointe at Martinsburg would both be single-story centers with 60 suites and 66 beds, company officials said. Both centers have the same design, featuring a brick and vinyl building with an enclosed courtyard.

The company has options on land for both centers, company officials said.

The Hagerstown center could expand to 80 suites and 80 beds, Costello said. It also would include outpatient services for physical, occupational, respiratory, speech and swallowing therapy, he said.

Balanced Care needs a special exception to allow the 36,000-square-foot center to be built on 6.8 acres at the end of a cul-de-sac at 1175 Professional Court off Eastern Boulevard, officials said.

The Hagerstown Board of Zoning Appeals will hear the appeal at its 7 p.m. meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 17, said Matt Davis, a city planner. The land is zoned for general commercial uses, including retail stores, offices, clinics and funeral homes, he said.

The firm's site plan will need to be approved by the Hagerstown Planning Commission, Davis said.

Balanced Care's center is the third large assisted-living center planned for the Hagerstown area in the past month.

Manorhouse Retirement Centers Inc. plans to build a $7 million community across from North Hagerstown High School that would accommodate 103 residents in 87 units and create 50 jobs.

Seattle-based Emeritus Corp. plans to build a $7 million community with a 100-unit building on Robinwood Drive.

Balanced Care's Martinsburg center will be built on 3.8 acres on Gloucester Parkway within the Timberleaf Estates development off Tavern Road, Fabbri said.

Construction on the $3.7 million Shippensburg center could begin next year off Walnut Bottom Road, Fabbri said. That center will have a different design than the ones planned for Martinsburg and Hagerstown, he said. Specifics were not available.

Group and individual transportation would be provided for residents to doctors and activities from the centers, Costello said.

Activities at the centers would include t'ai chi, bingo, sing-alongs, exercise classes, a spa with a whirlpool tub, weekly nurse consultations, blood pressure screenings and walking programs, Costello said.

Weekly housekeeping, laundry and linen services as well as 24-hour security would be provided, he said.

Balanced Care owns 25 communities across the nation, Costello said.

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