Savage: Plan not 'set in stone'
The proposed plan for a new Glendale Nursing Home seemingly pleases Glenville residents' opposition to building on open space, and town officials' desire to keep the facility local.
The Schenectady County Legislature's Human Services and Aging Subcommittee on the Glendale Nursing Home held a meeting at the facility on Wednesday, Jan. 26, to unveil the concept plans for a new facility, which stretches back to initial talks in 2005. In May 2009, the county legislature approved to bond over $50.5 million to construct the new facility without a site plan submitted to the county and there still hasn't been one submitted. The plan presented at the meeting only a concept plan.
Glendale is a very, very important component to our community and this is a facility that has been here for many years and has been built in stages and it is time for us to modernize, said Brian Gordon, county legislator and co-chair of the committee. "It is my feeling that while we would love to be able to provide services so that people could age and convalesce in their own homes there is always going to be a need for some people to have a place to go for more intense or long-term rehabilitation needs."
Gordon, D-Niskayuna, said the home acts as a safety net for individuals that can't afford a private facility and people that can't get in to a private facility. Gordon, who is an orthopedic surgeon, said there are times when people don't need the intensive care a hospital provides, but returning home isn't the best or safest option.
Parking spaces at the facility became tightly packed as the 6:30 p.m. meeting start time crept forward, with some cars overflowing onto snow covered sections of the lawn and other drivers slowly pacing the parking lot to little avail. Even after the meeting began, people were still entering the towering facility and climbing the steep steps of the main entranceway.