Graystone Manor project begins

Site work has begun in preparation for the construction of Graystone Manor, a personal care home to be located on Towne Center Boulevard in Smithfield Township.

Ground has been broken and work has begun along William Penn Highway in Smithfield Township on construction of Graystone Manor, a complement to the existing Graystone Court.

“This will be a personal care home for those who need help taking care of themselves,” said Graystone developer Jeff Long, who explained Graystone Manor will not be a nursing facility.

The approximately 25,000 square foot building will house 52 units.

“There will be 52 rooms, some of which will be shared,” Long said.

As the 16th senior living facility designed by Long, Huntingdon’s Graystone Manor will include some suites with a dining room, bedroom and kitchen; a sunroom and several common areas, all housed in a single-story Italianate building which will be designed to complement the adjacent Graystone Courts.

“There are 84 apartments at Graystone Court, with about 100 residents,” he said. “It’s been one of our more popular buildings. I think people like being near Walmart where they can shop and get prescriptions filled easily.”

Graystone Manor will be a separate building, not connected to Graystone Court, but the two structures will share a parking area. The manor will be located on the lot directly adjacent to Graystone Court, between Towne Center Boulevard and William Penn Highway.

“We are getting the site work finished now and hope to start building by early spring,” said Long. “We should be done in about 12 months, with hopes of being complete by the end of the year.”

The personal care home will be the second establishment of its type within the Graystone family of senior housing offerings with the first located at Bellmeade in Altoona, which was built four years ago. Long now plans to add the personal care homes near existing Graystone Court buildings.

Long anticipates that the development of the new personal care home will likely benefit the area economically as it will provide jobs for dozens of area residents.

“There will be about 40 full-time employees, including food service, LPNs and caregivers,” he said. “We will be advertising when we are ready to hire.”

April can be reached at afeagley@huntingdondailynews.com.

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