By Gary Budzak
The Wintersong Village nursing home will nearly double its number of beds and change its name after Delaware City Council recently approved the addition.
“This addition allows us to have more private rooms,” said Richard Pichola, architect for Holland Development Inc. Holland acquired Wintersong in 2013.
Wintersong Village is currently a 25-bed, 20,536 square-foot nursing home on 2.57 acres at 479 S. Sandusky St. Holland would rename the facility Country Club Retirement Center V, and add 22 beds and 12,086 more square feet to the western portion of the site. The majority of the new rooms would be private.
There would be no change in road access, but there would be a new drop-off area for residents, and the existing parking lot would be relocated to the southern property line with a 6-foot-high privacy fence and two light poles. The number of parking spaces, 27, would stay the same.
City Planning Director David Efland called the changes to the facility “addition by subtraction.” He praised Holland for stepping up and holding community meetings regarding the changes.
In turn, Pichola said he has given presentations in more than 50 cities, but Delaware’s is “by far the most professional group I’ve worked with.”
The Planning Commission unanimously approved the expansion on May 7, and City Council unanimously gave its approval at a second reading on May 29.
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