Senior facility undergoes extensive renovations

An ambitious renovation project, costing a half million dollars, has recently been completed at the Skenesborough Harbor.

National Church Residence of Columbus, Ohio operates Skenesborough Harbor, a living facility for seniors 62 or older, or for adults 18 and older who require specialized housing and who meet need requirements.

Manager Janice Slichko made several phone calls to check the renovation figure.

“Approximately $500,000 was refinanced on a federally insured Housing and Urban Development loan,” Slichko said.

Slichko’s immediate superior, Meghan Cook, had left behind a hand-written note, detailing the work that half a million bought. Slichko said that since National Church Residence is based in Ohio, many of the contractors were drawn from that area. Still, Gould’s of Whitehall and Curtis Lumber of Granville had also been used to renovate the senior center, she said.

List of improvements impressive

According to the fact sheet provided by Cook, the renovation included new handrails, chair rail and furniture to the lobby, laundry room, community room and hallways. These rooms also got a paint job.

All apartments were fitted with new entrance-doors; each apartment was equipped with new exhaust fans and updated e-call systems. New carpet and flooring was laid in all common areas and hallways.

Slichko stressed that the Americans with Disabilities Act had guided the renovations.

For example, studio apartments received automatic door openers. In each kitchen, new stoves had front knobs, not hard-to-reach rear knobs. Similarly, a space was left under each sink so that a senior using a wheel-chair could roll his or her knees under the sink. Countertops were also lowered, she said.

Slichko noted that all three parking lots had been dug up and repaved, and new sidewalks poured. In the common areas, all of the existing air conditioning units were replaced.

New exterior entrance security doors were installed, the exterior siding to the facility was repaired and the outside trees were pruned. Slichko added that extra grab bars had been installed in all of the bathrooms.

Pre-existing amenities

Slichko pointed out all of the major improvements that have been made to the facility. The improvements join the other amenities provided by Skenesborough Harbor, which include one-bedroom or studio apartments, handicapped accessible apartments, a secure building with 24-hour electronic monitoring, an elevator, an on-site coin operated laundry, a community room with a kitchen and cable television, a utility allowance, a screened in patio, appliances and wall to wall carpeting.

Skenesborough Harbor also has an on-site manager, a maintenance man and service coordinator.

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