Manistee Nursing Home Asking $24 Million For Upgrades

Manistee County Medical Care Facility  proposal for a $24 million bond that would pay for upgrades and an addition to their building, last added to in 2004, has passed by nearly 700 votes.

The nursing home has been planning the project since 2019, but COVID put a halt on the plans.

Mcmcf Exterior Building

“I’m hopeful,” says Administrator Joe Coleman. “These things could go either way. We’re asking for a lot money in a difficult time, but we definitely need it.”

The project includes a new, two-story, 32,000 sq. ft. addition; renovations of the current buildings to provide 74 private and 13 semi-private rooms; upgraded heating and cooling systems; a new elevator; furniture and equipment; site improvements and professional services.

“Most of the rooms aren’t built for the equipment people have now,” says Coleman. ”

Manistee Medical Care Bedroom And Bathroom Space

The nursing home hopes to be able to pay for the bond, expiring in 20 years, using money from their operations. Meanwhile, the nursing home is experiencing a loss in revenue. There haven’t been any new admissions since June, due to staffing. Though Coleman says that may change to one or two more admissions rather soon.

“We’re not every going to be able to open the floodgates until staffing improves,” he says. “It’s definitely a concern over the last couple of years. That stuff would definitely have to improve but I think it will in a few years.”

The cost to taxpayers,  outlined in the bond language, is $0.34 per $1,000 in taxable property value, for the first year. Thereafter, it is estimated at $1.08 per $1,000 until the bonds retire. The 0.34 mill is estimated to generate over $400,000 in the first year.

“We think over the next several years we should be able to contribute a lot to pay for this and ask for a lot less money each year for the millage,” says Coleman. “That money would stay in the pocket of taxpayers and we hope to get it down to zero.”

Joe Coleman Mcmcf Administrator

If the bond doesn’t pass in November, the facility will have to think about downsizing.

“We could always try again. I hope that won’t be necessary, ” says Coleman. “Otherwise, I think what we do is look at having a much smaller building, reduce the bed capacity.”

Coleman says most of the reactions he’s received about the proposed bond have been positive. Though a few people have come forward saying they will be voting no on the $24 million bond.

“The community knows how old this building is and the condition of it,” he says. “They’re also learning what else is out there. Other places have a newer set up. It’s what baby boomers would expect, even for their parents.”

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