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Originally published: 2012-07-09 14:56:56
Last modified: 2012-07-09 14:56:56

Public comment sought on health-care facility annexation in Blowing Rock

With plans moving forward for the new Blowing Rock health-care facility to be built off of U.S. 321 near the Blue Ridge Parkway, the public will have its say about Blowing Rock annexing additional property at the site. 

The Blowing Rock Town Council will host a public hearing at Town Hall at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 10 to hear public comments about the proposed annexation of 24.8 acres of land that was recently purchased by Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS) for the new facility. The property is adjacent to 43 acres AHRS purchased last year and was subsequently annexed by Blowing Rock. 

The annexation will provide water and sewer service to the new health-care facility. At a public meeting last month, ARHS CEO Richard Sparks described the new facility and unveiled its new name: Appalachian Place at Chestnut Ridge, Center for Healthy Living and Rehabilitation. He stated that those involved with the project are calling it Chestnut Ridge for short. When completed in the fall of 2014, Chestnut Ridge will be a 112-bed, state-of-the-art, post-acute facility that will replace the current Blowing Rock Hospital. 

Also during Tuesday’s meeting, the public will have the opportunity to comment on a conditional use permit request from Rob Dyer on behalf of RG Investments, LLC to add a restaurant and micro-brewery to the Maple Lodge on Sunset Drive. 

Dyer and business partner Lisa Stripling, owners of the Best Cellar Restaurant and Inn at the Ragged Garden on Sunset Drive, recently purchased and renovated the Maple Lodge, a historic bed and breakfast in Blowing Rock. They plan to retain nine of the 13 guest rooms as hotel accommodations and hope to convert the breakfast area of the inn into a restaurant and bar. The property is currently zoned as Central Business. 
For more information and stories, see The Blowing Rocket.

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