By Danny Restivo
Work on a new $8 million senior- care center has officially begun.
City officials, investors and JCTH Holdings members Joe Cilone and Tim Huber broke ground on phase one of the Countryside at The Elmwood Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing Facility on Tuesday.
“There really isn’t a senior-care facility in Hubbard right now,” said Tim Huber of JCTH holdings. “People can now live near their families and still get great care.”
Huber and Joe Cilone are spearheading the project at Elmwood and Gary drives. Huber and Cilone said Cortland Bank was financing the project, while Jackson Taylor of Mentor was constructing the facility.
The two men already own health-care facilities in North Lima, Youngstown and East Liverpool. Phase one of the project consists of the facility’s assisted living home, which will cover 36,000 square feet, have 42 units and eight one-bedroom suites. It will also include assisted-living amenities like meals, transportation, nursing and activities. Completion of phase one is expected in December.
Cilone said phase two will include a 30,000-square-foot nursing home that will be connected to the assisted-living facility. Huber and Cilone said that home will be Medicare and Medicaid certified. Cilone said construction of that project is pending certification from the Ohio Department of Health, however, both men expect the facility to be completed by September 2014.
Jeff Melnick, of Elmwood Drive, invested an undisclosed amount in the project. His childhood residence was one of two that were demolished to make room for the new facility. He said it was worth it to keep his family close together.
“My mother is getting older, and she lives in Austintown,” said Melnick. “This is something that is going to help a lot of other families as loved ones get older.”