Samaritan Medical Center's new 'senior living' project got a big boost Wednesday, with the donation of 18 acres of land for the project.
The land was selected in July. It's part of the 'Washington Summit' complex on Outer Washinton Street.
Samaritan's first choice was land purchased from the city school district, but the property contained wetlands and is protected by federal regulations. (See our earlier coverage here.)
The donation came from Michael Lundy and Dr. David Rechlin, the partners behind Washington Summit. The land is valued at more than $500,000.
"We are so grateful to Mr. Lundy and Dr. Rechlin for their support of this project," said Thomas H. Carman, hospital president and CEO.
"This donation enables us to proceed ahead quickly in order to meet our construction timeline and budget."
Samaritan is on a tight schedule to get the project done - work needs to start shortly and be finished next year in order to keep a large grant of money from the state.
Saturday, May 28, 2016, Watertown, NY