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Nursing home planned for Liberty Ridge neighborhood

By Ray Reed

A Roanoke-based developer plans to break ground in September for a 90-bed nursing home in Campbell County.

The $14 million project is expected to create about 90 jobs starting in the fall of 2012, said Hunter Smith, president of Smith/Packett Med-Com LLC of Roanoke.

The Virginia Department of Health commissioner gave the project a certificate of public need in July.

Smith said the project’s working name will be Liberty Ridge Health and Rehabilitation Center.

The nursing home will be built in the Liberty Ridge neighborhood on Candlers Mountain Road, in a development project that includes town homes and single-family houses. It still has several acres of unused land.

Smith-Packett purchased a license for 45 skilled-care beds from Grace House, a nursing home in Lynchburg.  The VDH approval adds another 45 beds to the license.

Legislation to speed up the approval process was approved by the General Assembly last winter.

Smith said current residents of Grace House can continue to live in that nursing home until construction on the Campbell County site is complete, expected sometime in the fall of 2012.

At that time, residents of Grace House will choose whether they want to move to the Liberty Ridge center or somewhere else, Smith said.

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