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February 6, 2014

Manor buyer speaks about plans

The company in line to take title to the Otsego Manor nursing home said Friday it will add an array of new health care services at the facility and eventually augment it with scores of assisted-living housing units.

“We plan to design and construct an attached or additional facility on campus to house those new services — which we will invite hospitals to provide — including medical offices, therapies and outpatient services and products,” said Joseph Zupnik, chief executive officer of the Focus Family of Companies.

Responding to a request from The Daily Star for a detailed statement on its vision for the property, Focus outlined what it called an “integrated campus concept, creating a vibrant community that provides all level of care not only to current residents of the nursing home but also future residents of the greater Otsego County area.”

Focus said it will develop assisted-living residences within a short distance of full medical care.

“Our vision aims to fully revitalize the campus and to create a totally new concept for Otsego County, a continuum of care community,” Zupnik said. “We are also confident that we can operate these facilities efficiently and make them affordable to the residents of Otsego County and the region.”

Expanding the Manor by offering assisted living and daycare programs will create “dozens” of new jobs at the complex “not to mention medium-term construction jobs,” the company said in a statement.

Kirk Dorn, a spokesman for Focus, said the company projects building from 100 to 120, housing units, varying in size, but primarily studios and one bedroom apartments. Those projects will begin about two years after Focus takes title to the Manor, as the initial goal will be to spruce up the existing nursing home.

The addition of the housing units will require an additional investment of between $20 million to $30 million, Dorn said.

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