Trilogy Health plans Corydon site
Only a few short months after Harrison County Economic Development Corp. purchased land along the Pacer Court-Federal Drive extension project (between Walmart and Harrison County Hospital), a contract has been secured for the construction of an assisted living and independent living community for seniors.
Trilogy Health Services LLC visited the Harrison County Council Monday night with plans to build a 55,000-square-foot assisted living and skilled nursing center and 10 villas for independent living on the far western edge of the property near Corydon-Ramsey Road, across from the hospital.
Peter Massey, assistant vice president of development for Trilogy, said the company hopes to break ground by the end of the year or the first of 2015.
The business will bring about 110 jobs to the county, 65 percent of which will be full-time. Even though the Corydon site is not yet listed, those interested can apply for a job online at workwithpurposetoday.com.
Ramsey Development Corp., based in Tell City, will construct the facility but will use local vendors where possible, Massey said.
The main building will house 55 skilled nursing beds and 35 assisted living beds.
The duplex villas will have two bedrooms, two bathrooms and an enclosed garage. A small clubhouse also will be built near the villas.
In 2010, the Harrison County EDC borrowed $1.6 million from Harrison County government to complete the infrastructure ‘ roads, water, storm drainage and sewage ‘ for the large undeveloped area between Walmart and HCH. The project, dubbed ‘a mile of opportunity’ by some, was initiated in order to stimulate economic growth.
The loan agreement to the county included the three property owners impacted repaying the EDC, who would then repay the county.
‘We thought that’d stimulate immediate growth; it’s been rather slow,’ Darrell Voelker, EDC director said, also mentioning that at the time he said it may be five years before anything of substance is developed.
Voelker said the entire development project and the Trilogy facility (and any other development to come) could not have been done without the late Gordon Pendleton, who died Thursday morning. Pendleton was the two-term Harrison Township representative on the county council.
At the beginning of the meeting, Council Chair Gary Davis called for a moment of silence for Pendleton.
‘I’ve worked with Gordon pretty closely on the council, spent a lot of time together on the financial planning committee; he was a gentleman, a businessman and a good friend,’ Davis said. ‘He brought wise counsel to the council. He was a valued member of our team, and we’ll miss him tremendously.’
In other business, the council voted 5-1 (Councilman Richard Gerdon against) to leave the salary of the county engineer as is, denying a request for a raise by Kevin Russel. The salary will receive the same raise as everyone else, which is yet to be determined.
The council also has two other compensation evaluation requests: one from the vital records registrar at the health department and the other from the cartographer/GIS coordinator.
The council will begin going through the 2015 budget line by line tomorrow (Thursday) at 5 p.m. and will continue Friday and each night next week (except Monday) as needed.
Davis said an 11.5-percent increase in health insurance premium will be used for the budget, as recommended by their provider.
The council’s next regularly scheduled meeting of the council will be Tuesday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. at the Government Center (moved from Monday because of Columbus Day).