More construction coming at Menno Haven

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa — Menno Haven recently announced that the remaining elements of its Project GENESIS have received final approvals and will begin this fall.

The overall construction costs in the building projects will exceed $70 million.

“This is a large investment for sure” Menno Haven CEO Hugh Davis said in a news release, “but one that is needed and will solidify Menno Haven’s position as a leading provider for Senior Living in our region for many years to come.”

In 2016, Menno Haven announced its intent to execute a strategic plan that would re-invest heavily in its Chambersburg operations on both Philadelphia and Scotland avenues. The plans included building a new Rehabilitation Center, replacing their older nursing home, adding Memory Care Small Houses, building a new Resident Life Center, and adding new independent living cottages.

The Menno Haven Rehabilitation Center is under construction, with a target of opening this winter.

“I am so excited about how this building is shaping up,” Davis said. “I was excited about it during planning, but seeing it in person and walking through it really shows what an asset it will be to the community.”

Starting construction this fall, two Memory Care Small Houses will be built at Philadelphia Avenue. Each will serve 12 residents in private rooms.

“Dementia care is one of the highest demand services we get queried about, and it requires a specialized physical and operational design” Davis said.

The Resident Life Center will be an addition to provide space for active independent living residents and includes a large auditorium space, a new dining venue, home theater, day spa and education center. Construction will begin in the fall and should be completed in 2019.

“We are also excited that our new independent living cottages are under construction and all 22 have been pre-sold,” Davis said. “Our independent living residents are eager to utilize the new resident life center.”

Also planned is a replacement for the original 1964 nursing home, with construction set to begin in 2019.

“While the new Rehabilitation Center will serve patients who need a short stay before returning home, our new health care center will provide a home for our residents who need skilled nursing care with a chronic diagnosis or other situation that makes a return to home unlikely,” Davis said.

The projects are set to be financed with a combination of equity, a public bond offering and bank financing with F&M Bank & Fulton Bank.