ROCKLAND — The site of a $19.5 million regional nursing home is being cleared in preparation for construction.

Construction equipment is clearing trees where the road from Old County Road will lead to the rear of the property where Breakwater Commons will be built. The formal groundbreaking is expected to be held in the next few months.

The single-story 69,100-square-foot Breakwater Commons will include 96 beds. The new nursing home at Cranberry Isles, located off Old County Road, would replace the 84-bed Knox Center in Rockland and 39 nursing care beds at Quarry Hill in Camden.

The new nursing home should be completed in 2023.