CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – A nursing home company broke ground on a new facility in Canfield Wednesday, marking an historic moment for the Mahoning Valley.
Windsor House plans to build a new nursing home on 18 acres at the corner of Routes 62 and 446.
Canfield Mayor Bernard Kosar, Sr. said getting the project started, which should have taken just a few months, took two years.
“It looked like the project wasn’t going to go forward after about a year of development attempts, and both the city and the township both felt this was too important of a project not to go forward,” said owner John Masternick.
In 2014, Windsor House wanted to build on land in Canfield Township, but they needed utilities and asked Mahoning County Commissioners to annex the property into the City of Canfield. The township objected, not wanting to give up more land.
As they talked for over a year, they kept running into more problems.
Last year, the township and city formed the Joint Economic Development District, commonly known as JEDD. It’s an arrangement where municipalities and townships agree to work together to develop land into commercial or industrial areas.
This JEDD arrangement is the first of its kind in Mahoning County.
Windsor House will remain in Canfield Township, which will collect the real estate taxes. The city will provide utilities and collect the income taxes, making it work for both sides.
“We got it done. The shovels are in the ground, we’re moving the dirt around. I feel good and I’m sure the trustees feel good as well,” Kosar said.
Masternick says he’s elated.
“When we finally broke ground two and a half, three years ago, a long time to work on something, to see it come to fruition is very rewarding.”
The 60,000 square foot facility will have 72 private rooms and a therapy gym, among other amenities.
Kosar says he expects between 70 and 80 new employees working there.
Construction is scheduled for the next 15 months. After that, they’ll be able to move people into the new facility.