Mary J Drexel is in a state of evolution. The former nursing home off Belmont Avenue in Bala Cynwyd joined the Liberty Lutheran Family of Services in 2008 and is in the midst of a major transformation that will allow for a new model for care and community life for older adults at this historic site. Changes have been under way since the spring of 2012, when the building that housed the former nursing home and the cottage were demolished. Now that the summer of 2013 is winding down, new buildings are in place and the project is really taking shape.
Crews have been working for many months to turn the property into a state-of-the-art Assisted Living Community. The historic mansion is being repaired and restored and two-story additions have been built on both sides of the structure, referred to as the East and West wings. Each of these four floors will be a unique household community. Each household will include 17 one-bedroom apartments, two studios and one one-bedroom/den apartment to accommodate 20 residents. These spacious apartments will include a private bath and living room, and just a short walk from the hub of resident-centered activity that features a large open kitchen and living room. The interior design for all four households is the aesthetic of a residential home rather than the traditional medical nursing home environment. By eliminating long hallways, each apartment is close to the hub of resident and staff activities.
Heavy rain in late spring and through the summer proved challenging for crews, said Dave DeLuca, Director of Real Estate for Liberty Lutheran.
“It was not easy,” he explained. “We worked many Saturdays, with the understanding of the neighbors and township, to keep the project close to schedule.”
Both East and West wing structures are now completed, DeLuca said. Workers are now installing dry wall in the West wing and doing mechanical work within the walls of the East wing. Through the month of September, he said, they will also start on the exterior finishes like stucco and stone. In October, trees and shrubs will be planted around the perimeter of the property. DeLuca said they expect the project will be “substantially completed” by January 2014. That’s when the focus will shift to the finishing touches such as décor and furniture. Landscaping around the buildings will take place through next spring.
The new community is slated to open in spring 2014.
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