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Londonderry

July 3, 2014

Skilled nursing facility may come to Londonderry

Facility would offer skilled, rehabilitative care

LONDONDERRY — A plan to bring a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility to Grenier Field Road continues to move through the town’s approval process.

The Conservation Commission was the latest group to hear details about the project developers hope to build on approximately 16 acres at 3 Grenier Field Road.

The property has been vacant for some time and suits this plan well, developers say.

Preston Hunter of Eckman Construction said the location is a good one for this type of facility, near highways, the airport, and offering key access to many locations in town. He said the need for such a facility is great in Rockingham County.

“Londonderry was identified as the best location,” he said.

Fundamental Administrative Services, a Maryland-based company, is the applicant. Fundamental assists with the operation of skilled nursing facilities around the country.

The proposed facility would be a 72,000-square-foot, one-story building, offering 109 beds in private and semi-private rooms.

The building would have an inner courtyard for residents.

This particular property was already approved in past years for other plans that never materialized, including a 43-unit elderly housing project.

Civil engineer Steve Keech said it’s time to make the property work and it would help a lot of people who need this type of service.

“Most are elderly, but some are younger and needing longterm rehabilitation services,” he said.

The design for the building is a simple one, Hunter said, with rooms surrounding an open courtyard.

The plan would give young nursing students a chance to be hired for entry level positions, the developers said.

The company has a mentor program for first-time nursing students that are recent graduates. The facility hopes to have about 30 staff members on site at any given time, Keech said.

Fundamental Services is a well-known company, Hunter said, and is developing several similar facilities around the nation.

“They have a model that works very well,” he said. “Londonderry will be a good fit because right now there isn’t a facility like this.”

Keech said the final design is not completed yet. Developers expect to return before town boards later this summer.

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