CORNING - Work is currently underway to upgrade resident rooms and activity space at the Corning Center for Care and additional upgrades are likely on the way next spring at the East First Street facility.
The Corning City Planning Commission recently approved a preliminary site plan to expand the first floor of the 205 E. First St. building.
Upgrades include increasing the size of the facility’s therapy space, reconfiguring some back offices and enlarging a conference room as well as adding needed storage space, according to Rodiney Santiago, project lead project manager.
“The facility itself is undersized for skilled nursing,” Santiago said. “The plan is for these upgrades to begin next spring.”
The minor expansions will be on both the east and west sides of the facility. The therapy space expansion will be on the east side, towards Columbia Street, and the storage space expansion will be on the west side, near the former Corning Hospital site.
The current outdoor shed, which is used for storage, will be removed once the expansion project is completed.
Gerald Grapevine, Corning Center facility manager, said another asset of the work currently underway at the facility is the upgrades to interior rooms, geared to make more space for family members coming to visit their loved ones.
“There are a lot of things in the works,” Grapevine said. “All good stuff.”
Grapevine said the work to improve resident rooms, activity space and other aesthetic renovations started on second floor in late 2017, and will move to the third-floor when that work is completed.
“It’s taking some time,” Grapevine said. “We can only displace a couple of residents at a time to an alternative room making it a slower process because it’s an occupied building.”
The second phase of the project, expanding the first floor of the facility, will likely seek final site plan approval Oct. 2, from the Corning City Planning Board.