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Planning Board to tour site of proposed nursing home

By Stephen Betts | Nov 23, 2020
The proposed new regional nursing home would be located on Cranberry Isles Drive in Rockland.

Rockland — The Rockland Planning Board scheduled a site visit for the property off Old County Road, where a proposed regional nursing home may be built.

The board's tour is scheduled for noon Monday, Nov. 30, at 41 Cranberry Isles Drive, which is located off the east side of Old County Road near the Rockport town line.

No action will be taken at the visit. The tour was scheduled to allow the members to walk the site before snow arrives.

The Planning Board is then expected to begin a review of the project in February.

Sandy River has proposed building a single-story, 69,000-square-foot nursing home that would serve 90 to 110 residents. The new nursing home would replace the 84-bed Knox Center in Rockland and 39 nursing care beds at Quarry Hill in Camden.

The new nursing home would be taxable, with a development cost of about $20 million. The amount of property taxes from the center would be about $300,000 annually.

The center would be located on 29 acres that Sandy Rivers owns on Cranberry Isles Drive.

The Rockland City Council gave unanimous approval Sept. 14 to a contract zone for the project to proceed. The project was backed by many people, but was opposed by neighbors who said it was out of character with a residential neighborhood, would worsen traffic and would create noise and light problems.

Coastal Healthcare Alliance — which operates Pen Bay Medical Center, the Knox Center and Quarry Hill — have said operating the Knox Center is not financially sustainable. The new home would have private rooms, which residents and families want.

The developer is required to conduct a traffic study that is peered reviewed. Diane Morabito of Sewall Company is conducting the traffic study. The results of the study will be provided to the city.

Other conditions of the project are that deliveries will be restricted to business hours, noise mitigation for the heating and cooling systems will be developed and blasting for ledge will be done between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

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Comments (2)
Posted by: Valerie Wass | Nov 24, 2020 16:57

Although, that is a very tough road to go in and get out of.  Drivers never obey the speed limits.

Posted by: Valerie Wass | Nov 24, 2020 16:56

Pray that this happens.

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