An assisted living and nursing community in Erie County is gearing up for a $4.9 million expansion and renovation at its Hayes Avenue facility.
Providence Care Centers, a Sandusky nonprofit, is upgrading its 20-year-old facility by acquiring a vacant convent building on Buchanan Street and folding it into the existing care center.
The convent will be converted into a therapy and rehabilitation space, which will include a nursingstation and dining area, said Wendy Dolyk, executive director at Providence Care Centers.
Additionally, the nonprofit is building a new facility at its Hayes Avenue campus so it can offer single-bed rooms to 14 residents. The facility has a138-bed count, but 14 of those beds will be counted toward the new facility, Dolyk said.
Renovation and new construction is expected to begin in late August or early September.
The improvements will be phased in so they don't disrupt the existing operations, Dolyk said.
"It was 20 years old -- everything was starting to break down," she said.
The neighboring convent has been vacant since the nuns moved out two years ago.