Councilman Weiner Organizes Community Meeting So Community Can Question Proposed Silverside Road Nursing Home - Community News
By Andre Lamar Community News
Posted Aug 03, 2010 @ 02:14 PM
Last update Aug 04, 2010 @ 03:37 PM
Brandywine Hundred, Del. —
Residents say a proposed nursing home on Silverside Road could pose traffic issues.
The design of the 131-bed facility, being built by Cadia Healthcare, was unveiled at a July 29 workshop at the adjacent North Baptist Church.
The facility would share a parking lot with the church, adding 144 spaces to the 20 now available at North Baptist.
Although law requires only one parking space for every three beds, Land Use Attorney Kimberly Hoffman said Cadia would go far beyond that, anticipating residents concerns over where staff and visitors would park.
The facility is expected to employ as many as 175 workers over the course of a day, but Hoffman said their arrivals and departures would be staggered throughout the day.
"In other words, 7 [a.m.] is kind of right in the beginning, 3 [p.m.] is before the worst [rush hour traffic] starts, and you know there's not that many people on the road before 11 p.m," she said.
Colonial Woods resident Dr. Yvette Gbemudu said she hoped traffic from facility would not feed into the neighborhood street on which she lives.
Hoffman said Cadia had no intentions of allowing access to the nursing home through Colonial Woods, but said transportation officials are advocating for the construction of an emergency entrance there that would only be used by emergency vehicles.
"We're on your side, because we don't want this,” Hoffman said. “And as long as Councilman [Robert] Weiner is on our side, with the Department of Land Use, we will do everything that we can do.”
She said such an entrance would only be constructed if it were required for “health, safety and welfare” reasons.
Another attendee asked if the proposed facility would require a new traffic light on Silverside Road. Hoffman said it would not.
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About the Nursing Home
The 131-bed Cadia Rehabilitation Silverside will be a 24 hour facility (shifts begin at: 7 a.m., 3 p.m., and 11 p.m.) and will cost approximately $15 million to build. Marisa Erdman, vice president of marketing with the Onix Group, said Cadia Silverside will be closely modeled after its newest facility in Pike Creek. The nursing home will feature both private and semi-private suites and each resident will have his/her own private telephone, TV with cable programming and high speed Internet access.
Cadia Silverside will feature an on-site beauty shop, dining rooms, lounge/day room areas, a secure outdoor patio, two centralized nursing stations and a 3,000 square foot rehabilitation therapy gym with state-of-the art equipment.
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