Elmhurst, New Jersey, has an open-house this week that will help determine if the nursing home in the area can be converted to a seniors home.
The community group Elmhurst Veterans says that while the community is “very interested” in the proposal, it wants to ensure that the community understands that this is a project that is “extremely costly.”
The group says it is “seeking input from residents and residents from other communities about their views.”
“The Elmhurst community is very interested in seeing the project move forward and will be looking for input on any recommendations that can be made for how we can best make this happen,” said Elizabeth Rios, president of Elmhurst Vets.
The Elmridge News reports that the project, if approved, would be the first in the state to convert a nursing home to seniors homes.
The project has been in the works for about five years, according to the Elmhurst News.
In an interview with the Elmridge New Jersey blog, Elmhurst Mayor James Rios said he wants to make sure residents are “informed of the facts.”
“We want to get people engaged in the process and not just be told ‘this is going to happen,’ ” Rios told the Elmrose News.
“That’s not what we’re here for.
We want to make it a very informed decision and to make that decision with the input of residents who want to have a say.”
Rios also said that if the community wants to move forward with the project “we’re prepared to do so.”
The Elmwood News reports the Elmwood Neighborhood Association has submitted a proposal to the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs for an open house, which would be held on Wednesday, October 12.
The Elmwood Council voted in January to put the proposal before residents, but the project has not yet been approved by the board.