RANDOLPH COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - Though construction on the new Randolph County Nursing Home is nearly a year behind schedule, the end is in sight.
Inside and out, there are only a few things left to do before residents and staff can move into the new Randolph County Nursing Home.
"Each day, we just get a little closer and a little closer," Randolph County Judge David Jansen said.
Judge Jansen said they started looking at the project more than five years ago. The initial completion date was set for mid-November of last year. Judge Jansen admits that things have taken much longer than expected.
"When you have a project this big, you're going to run into problems," Judge Jansen said.
He explained that weather played a big role in getting the building in the dry. He said contractors on the project also had problems with sub-contractors.
"I've got aggravated, my board got aggravated, employees got aggravated...and the contractors got aggravated!" Judge Jansen said. "But we're close."
Once open, the facility will house 22 more residents than the current home. Between that and upgraded amenities Judge Jansen said it's something Randolph County can be proud of.
"Yeah, we're almost a year behind schedule but the reality is, we're going to have a #1 facility, a great looking facility," Judge Jansen said. "I promise you, the resident's faces are going to be all smiles when they get in here, along with their families. This is a big deal for us."
Contractors say they plan to hand over the keys on October 15. After that, the nursing home will begin training staff, moving over equipment and records and finally, transferring residents to the new home.
As for the old nursing home, Judge Jansen said there have been parties interested in the building. Though he couldn't elaborate, Judge Jansen said he is in contact with a health care facility about the building.