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Second phase of Baptist Health plan approved

Second phase of Baptist Health plan approved

As Baptist Health System is close to completing the first phase of its multi-year development on Swa

As Baptist Health System is close to completing the first phase of its multi-year development on Swaggertown Road for a 72-bed assisted living facility, the company has received approval for phase two.

The Glenville Planning and Zoning Commission recently approved the organization’s plans for 192 nursing home beds, an 18,400-square-foot building containing offices and common area and a small maintenance building.

Kevin Corcoran, the town’s director of economic development and planning, said the commission had no major issues with the plan. Much of the review had already occurred when Baptist went through the process to rezone the site from suburban residential to mixed-use planned development and to get approval for phase one.

Managing stormwater runoff is a key concern, according to Corcoran.

Work began in September on phase one on a portion of the 48-acre site, formerly home to the Horstman Farm. Baptist officials said previously that phase one should be completed by June or July.

“They’ll be opening the first phase and starting work on the second,” Corcoran said.

Baptist Associate Administrator Tony Alotta could not be reached for comment on Friday, but said previously that construction of phase two should take about 16 months to complete.

The plan calls for eight houses, each with 24 units in a cottage style similar to The Eddy Village Green skilled nursing facility in Cohoes.

Baptist officials said previously that at least one of the houses and possibly more would be devoted to Alzheimer’s patients.

Phase two costs about $36 million and is funded through a mix of private financing and an $8.7 million Health Care Efficiency and Affordability Law (HEAL) grant that Baptist received from the state.

Once completed, Baptist officials have said that they would be able to move out of its current 262-bed facility in Scotia, which was built in 1977.

Future phases of the project could include independent-living apartments, medical offices and senior-oriented retail services such as a beauty salon and barbershop and cafe. Alotta said previously that Baptist would proceed with these phases, depending on market conditions.

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