Muscogee Manor, a nursing home facility just off Schatulga Road near the county prison, plans to build a new, $35 million, 242-bed skilled nursing facility at the intersection of Whitesville and Williams Roads, the facilitys president said today.
Frank Morast, president of Muscogee Manor, went before Columbus Council this morning to ask that the city agree to back the Hospital Authority of Columbus in issuing bonds for the project.
Morast said Muscogee Manor has enough reserve funds available to all but eliminate any risk to the city, and that income from the new facility should be more than ample to cover the debt.
Todays meeting was a work session, so no action was taken, but Council is expected to take up the request at its next meeting on the second Tuesday of September.
City Attorney Clifton Fay said such an arrangement with the city is standard procedure.
The facility will be located on a 28-acre tract that the nursing facililty owns. It is on the northeast corner of the intersection.
Councilor Glenn Davis said zoning rules will require the facility to have a 100-foot wooded buffer around it.