Manor to build new wing

Jason Hawk | Amherst News-Times A new wing is being planned at Amherst Manor, seen here, and the company has asked city council to vacate a part of Westlake Drive where most of the work will be done.

Construction of a new 30-room wing with therapy facilities is being planned for Amherst Manor on North Lake Street, though the project has yet to be presented to or approved by the city planning commission.

Space for skilled nursing care is expected to be added to the existing building.

To make room for expansion, the company has asked Amherst city council to vacate Westlake Drive along the front of the nursing home’s property line.

That means the city would no longer be responsible for paving or plowing the roadway, which engineer Mike Cloud of Ray Fogg Building Methods admitted is used as a through street by neighbors.

He briefly outlined plans to the building and lands committee last week to move the Amherst Manor driveway that connects Westlake and North Lake.

It will swing significantly to the north, requiring demolition of one house owned by Sprenger Health Care.

Melvin Tobias, who serves as safety director for Sprenger, confirmed to council that nearby residents would still be allowed to use Westlake Drive if it is vacated.

Access for fire trucks and other rescue vehicles is still being worked out, said safety-service director Mark Costilow.

Most work will target the eastern side of the Amherst Manor property, said Cloud.

Company reps would like to start construction late this summer, though that could be delayed by the wait for certain state permissions Sprenger must receive, Tobias said.

Bramhall Engineering, the city’s consulting firm, asked for a small list of engineering changes before any approval was given.

That OK was given by unanimous consent Monday on a first reading of the proposal to council.

Mayor David Taylor had asked that the measure be pushed through with emergency status to give the project as much lead time as possible.

Jason Hawk can be reached at 440-988-2801 or @EditorHawk on Twitter.