OSWEGO – While not considered the traditional “construction season” here in Central New York, work on the $9.1 million St. Francis Commons Assisted Living Residence in Oswego has been making progress since the project got under way in mid-November.
Crews are completing framing and work on portions of the roof, while windows and exterior siding will be installed in the coming weeks. Work to the interior of the residence will begin soon after.
“As work to the roof and exterior is completed, the construction project is really beginning to take shape,” said Karen Murray, executive director of St. Francis Commons. “We are responding to a number of inquiries each week about the services and amenities we will be offering, and St. Francis Commons is still on track to begin serving our community this fall.”
When complete, St. Francis Commons will be the only senior care residence in Oswego County offering New York State licensed Assisted Living Program services and amenities. St. Francis Commons will provide supportive housing and care at a level that is less than a nursing home but more that you may find in an independent setting.
Amenities at St. Francis Commons will include housekeeping with linen and personal laundry services. A Hair Salon, Gift Shop, and scheduled transportation are also included. Cable television and telephone connections are in each room.
A fourteen bed neighborhood; Memory Care at St. Francis, will serve individuals diagnosed with mild to moderate dementia-related illness, like Alzheimer’s disease, who would benefit from a community-based living environment with specialized supportive services.
St. Francis Commons will offer the community access to a level of care and accommodations that are affordable and able to meet the care needs of those served. Private payment, Medicaid, private insurance reimbursement and Supplemental Security Income will be accepted.
The St. Francis Commons project is the latest phase in development on the St. Luke healthcare campus. The campus consists of fifteen acres and includes St. Luke Health Services, Bishop’s Commons Enriched Living Residence and Little Lukes Childcare Center.
Funding for construction of the $9.1 million assisted living program residence is provided by an $8 million HEAL-NY grant through the New York State Department of Health. Additional financing for the project has been made available through Operation Oswego County, the Oswego County Industrial Development Agency the City of Oswego’s Office of Community Development, and the St. Luke-John Foster Burden Fund.
When fully operational, St. Francis Commons will employee 32 people.
For more information about St. Francis Commons Assisted Living Residence call (315) 326-0870 or email: [email protected] On the web at www.stfranciscommons.com