Inside the home there quickly became standing room only before the presentation, which had approximately 200 attendees, with a majority of the metal chairs being occupied by nursing home residents, staff and county officials. The outer ring of the of the room was filled with eagerly anticipating residents, family members of home residents and Glenville town officials waiting to hear the actual plans for the first time.
"If I look out in this audience I can understand why this is a worthwhile endeavor," said Gordon. "We need to have a place for our elders to obtain care."
Home stays off open space
The new 200-bed skilled nursing facility is planned to be built in front of the current building, but due to lack of space a portion of Hetcheltown Road in front of the building will be moved 90 feet to meet town requirements and create a buffer space for a safe removal of the old facility. The county owns the portion of road and land on the opposite side of the road.
"What we have to show you tonight is a concept," said Chairwoman of the Schenectady County Legislature Susan Savage. "Please understand that whatever we are presenting to you is not something that is set in stone. They are concept, they are ideas and they are really a road map to get us to the next step."
Several town residents, originating from Cedar Lane in Glenville, have petitioned the County Legislature for around five months to not construct the new facility on the nearby open space next to the Indian Kill Nature Preserve, which became known as the Indian Kill Field.
"One of the things that we heard in the course of discussions is that people would like to still have the Glendale home in the town of Glenville," said Savage. "What we went to work to do is to try to find a way to make sure the concerns of the people that live in the area are meet as well of the concerns of the people that live in the Glendale Home."