Bayonne nursing home OK'd
Saturday, January 24, 2009
By RONALD LEIR
JOURNAL STAFF WRITER
Bayonne is getting its first nursing home.
Bayonne/Omni Development, LLC, won unanimous approval Thursday night from the city Zoning Board of Adjustment to demolish the old Bell Telephone building at 29th Street and Broadway and put up a 10-story, 120-bed skilled-care facility - directly across from Bayonne Medical Center.
The estimated $20 million project, which had an endorsement from Mayor Mark Smith, will generate more than $400,000 a year in real estate taxes and close to 300 permanent jobs, predicted Avery Eisen reich, chief executive of Omni Health Systems of New Jersey, the developer's parent company.
Aside from BMC's concern about environmental issues related to the demolition phase of the project, Omni's plans drew no objections from neighbors - a far cry from the howls of protest that killed another developer's effort eight years ago to build an assisted-living facility in the city's downtown area. Back then residents griped that the proposed five-story, 126-bed building was too big for the neighborhood.
Omni acquired the project site from BMC two years ago.
Because "length of stay is a big concern for hospitals in Hudson County" when applying for insurance reimbursement, Eisenreich said the new Bayonne facility should lead BMC to "quicker discharge" of patients needing short-term or long-term care, since they can be referred to Omni.
Eisenreich said that his Bayonne facility is designed for 20 private rooms and 50 double-occupancy rooms spread over three floors. Another floor is targeted for aquatic therapy. There will also be space for physical and speech therapy, a gym, lounges, dining areas, and even a movie theater. An outpatient dialysis center will be on another floor.
And there will be four levels of indoor garage parking to accommodate 103 cars, with drivers entering from 30th Street and exiting via 29th Street.
Omni attorney Tom O'Connor said the new building should take 18 to 20 months to complete.
JCMAN Note of The Day:
Downtown Bayonne also known as Bergen Point is very low rise with small boutiques and old Victorian cottage homes that were part of what made Bayonne a resort town during the turn of the 20th century. So it doesn't surprise me that they didn't want a nursing home in their little quaint community.