Mike Sullivan, executive director of the Pike County Development Authority, said plans for Westfall's soon-to-be nursing home and assisted housing complex began four and one-half years ago, when he actually had hair.
A crowd gathered on Aug. 27 to celebrate the groundbreaking for the facilities, which will rise just behind Home Depot near the river. Grimm Construction Company sponsored the celebration.
The nursing home will have 70 beds, and the assisted housing facility will have 50 units when they are complete. The dignitaries present said they were happily anticipating the 125 to 150 new jobs the new facilities will bring to the area. Sullivan said he expected that the ribbon-cutting for the completed facilities will be held in about a year.
After the state and local officials dug the first ceremonial shovel-fulls, everyone partook of light refreshments. They watched as as Grimm Construction continued to excavate and place the foundation.
Pike County Commissioner Matt Osterberg asked people to call him (570-296-7613) with recommendations of other good locations in the county where additional senior health care complexes might be built.