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Kendal at Ithaca plans to expand, create 20 new jobs

By Eric Reinhardt


CAYUGA HEIGHTS — Kendal at Ithaca, a nonprofit continuing-care retirement community in the village of Cayuga Heights, this week announced plans for a $39 million expansion project this summer.

The project will create about 20 new jobs, according to Kendal. The construction operations will employ between 250 and 300 workers for varying durations during the two-year construction period, the nonprofit said in a news release.

The village of Cayuga Heights planning board has reviewed and approved the site plans, Kendal said.

Kendal is also finalizing the construction plans and has filed applications with the state for the necessary approvals, it added.

Kendal at Ithaca wants to build a two-story building with 24 apartments near an existing swimming pool.

The new apartment building will bring the total number of residences living independently on site to 236, Kendal said.

It also wants to build a new one-story nursing home near its existing nursing home.

The new skilled-nursing home will increase the number of rooms from 35 to 48 and reconfigure them into three separate wings, each with 16 private rooms, Kendal said.

Each wing will include a central kitchen, dining and living room, and adjoining outdoor space.

The project will also create a centralized entrance and reception area closer to North Triphammer Road, the nonprofit said.

The project plans evolved over more than two years as the project-planning committee of the Kendal board of trustees studied the need and feasibility through discussions with residents, prospective residents, and staff, Daniel Governanti, executive director of Kendal at Ithaca, said in the news release.

“We concluded that both expansion and enhancement were needed. Our goal is to ensure Kendal at Ithaca’s viability well into the future by making the community an even better place to live, work and visit,” Governanti said.

The campus currently includes 212 independent-living residences, which includes 166 cottages, one farmhouse, and 45 apartments. Additionally, the campus also has 36 assisted-living residences and the 35 skilled nursing rooms.

Kendal at Ithaca is one of Ithaca’s larger employers with almost 250 employees, the nonprofit said.

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