Representatives of presented for the first time their $40 million expansion plan to the Planning Board Monday night.
Based in Greenport, Peconic Landing is the North Fork’s life-care community for senior citizens with enough staff to provide skilled nursing services to 44 residents. But given the North Fork’s elderly demographic, those existing services are no longer enough, said Peconic Landing Vice President for Administration and Health Services Greg Garrett.
With a three-year construction project including 16 new suites, 26 new apartments, underground parking, a lifelong learning center, and an expanded fitness center in the approval process, North Fork Patch asked Garrett about the proposed expansion.
Patch: This expansion was first proposed at Peconic Landing three years ago now — why the delay?
Garrett: The economic environment at the time held us back. But since we became an investment grade-rated company last year, we’ve had access to enough capital to move forward.
Patch: How many more employees will this expansion add to your current 200?
Garrett: We’re looking at about 45 permanent employees — nurses’ aides, housekeepers, dining room staff, middle managers. We also intend to use local contractors and suppliers during the construction phase.
Patch: When will construction begin?
Garrett: Well, right now we’re in the preliminary phase, working with the town and village and department of health, so I don’t know. But we do expect construction to be complete within three years.
Patch: What is the ultimate goal of this expansion?
Garrett: We want to provide greater services and amenities to our residents — a memory care unit and assisted living. Our current health center is undersized and our residents’ needs cannot be met. [a nursing home west of Peconic Landing] has been a wonderful partner to help us over the years, but we believe, through market studies, that the expansion will not only fit the market, it will stimulate the whole of the local economy.