A ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony was held Thursday at Amherst Manor, where crews have been busy nearly doubling the retirement center’s footprint.
They are adding 24,400 square feet to the North Lake Street facility, which was built in 1959.
It’s not simply a new wing — the single-story layout radiates north from the existing building in four spokes, enclosing a central courtyard where the main entrances are now.
Site plans call for rooms for 30 new patients, a dining room, offices, living room, bar and lounge, and physical therapy space.
The plans were developed in late 2014 and early 2015 and called for vacation of Westlake Drive along the front of Amherst Manor’s property line.
City council agreed, ceding its responsibility to pave or plow the road and giving it over to Sprenger Health Care. The business said its residential neighbors could still use the drive as a through-street between North Lake to West Martin avenues.
The project was originally eyed for late Summer 2015 but was pushed back a year.
Construction is being done by North Coast Design Build. Much of the framing and insulation is already up at the expansion site.
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Photos by Jason Hawk | Amherst News-Times A ceremonial groundbreaking Thursday included Sprenger Health Care’s Amy Sanfilippo and Tony Sprenger, Amherst mayor Mark Costilow, Tom Gallo of the Lorain County Chamber of Commerce, Kristen Gollinger of Amherst Manor, COO Michael Sprenger, CEO Nicole Sprenger, Mike Rhoad of North Coast Design Build, Sprenger president Ken Malanowski, and Mike Mason and Craig Reker of Huntington Bank.