"The county executive feels that a nursing home that is closer to transportation and where people live would be more beneficial to families and employees," said Kerri Battle, communication director for Breslin's office at the time. "A location that is more centrally located to transportation routes, or in the city somewhere that is more accessible would cut down on commuting time on both residents and families, as well as employees."
While the Tobin site has not been finalized for the nursing home yet, Witkowski said the site does meet the criteria that the Heritage Park site did not in terms of transportation.
Another option, Witkowski said, is to not move the nursing home at all.
Battle had originally said that the building, built in the 1970s, was outdated and needed to be modernized.
"It's antiquated and it needs to be updated," said Battle. "Our residents deserve a facility that's state-of-the-art, and that's not something that's done overnight."
When asked about the county's options other than building a new nursing home at the Tobin site, Witkowski responded, "We don't really have any other options."