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An artist's depiction of an aerial view of Chestnut Ridge. Image courtesy ARHS

Originally published: 2014-05-25 14:21:33
Last modified: 2014-05-25 14:22:18

Groundbreaking for Chestnut Ridge set for June 24

Anna Oakes

The Appalachian Regional Healthcare System's plans will be put into motion on Tuesday, June 24, when the system breaks ground on its new Chestnut Ridge at Blowing Rock project.
The groundbreaking ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. at the project site and is open to the public. Parking for the event will be at Shoppes on the Parkway, with shuttle transportation running between 1:15 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Chestnut Ridge at Blowing Rock, a 112-bed post-acute care center, is planned for a 68-acre property off of U.S. 321 across from Edmisten Road.
 The $28 million facility will provide rehabilitative services, long-term nursing care, Alzheimer's support and palliative care. Upon its completion, ARHS will close the former Blowing Rock Hospital facility on Chestnut Drive, which became part of ARHS in 2007.
Chestnut Ridge will be a two-story structure with an open, neighborhood concept design -- a departure from the long corridors common in extended care centers.
The facility will include a pharmacy, clinic, private and semiprivate bedrooms, kitchens, dining areas, living areas and more, according to the project website.
Renderings depict gabled roofs, decks, patios and courtyards, with stone and wood accents.
After construction begins in late June, contractor Hickory Construction expects to complete the project in 18 to 24 months, depending on winter weather, said Rob Hudspeth, ARHS Foundation senior vice president for advancement.
"Our goal is to get the project dried in before this coming winter," Hudspeth said.
The ARHS Foundation has raised $6.2 million out of a $10 million goal for private donations for the project, Hudspeth said.
A capital campaign will enter a public phase this month. In addition, the project has received $3.9 million in grants and other funding for infrastructure.
Hudspeth said construction of the building would occur simultaneously with construction of an access road by the N.C. Department of Transportation and the installation of water and sewer lines.
ARHS is also in continuing discussions with developers about establishing a retirement community on the Chestnut Ridge campus. A retirement community would provide residents with convenient access to Chestnut Ridge's health care services, and there are opportunities for partnerships with ASU's College of Health Sciences.
Well-Spring of Greensboro initially expressed interest, but later declined to pursue development of a retirement community at Chestnut Ridge.
Since then, however, ARHS has interviewed 18 retirement community providers, Hudspeth said, with two firms currently interested in pursuing a project there.
The developers would like to see the Chestnut Ridge facility completed before embarking on a retirement community project, he said.
Groundbreaking ceremony attendees are asked to RSVP to ( or (828) 262-4391 by June 1.

For more information and stories, see The Blowing Rocket.

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