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Kearney's City Council votes in favor of $20 million new retirement complex

Kearney's City Council votes in favor of $20 million new retirement complex

Kearney's City Council voted in favor of a new $20 million project Tuesday night.

The new retirement complex will be located near the new Kearney High School in the southwest part of town.

"We approved a large facility which will be short and long term skilled nursing and with that they also have assisted living facilities," said Kearney Mayor Stan Clouse.

Construction for Brookestone Gardens retirement campus is expected to begin next month and it is expected to bring a lot of new jobs to the city of Kearney.

"That's ultimately 110 to 130 if it’s full," said Staff Architect for Vetter Health Services John Sohl.

But Mayor Clouse said the new facility might create some challenges with the already existing shortage of nurses.

"The Central Nebraska Veterans Home being built and under construction that will certainly take a lot of CNA's and the nurses and the RN's. That will already create a great demand in our existing facilities," Clouse said.

But Sohl said they're ready to compete in the job market.

"We're hoping to do, through some programs, working with some local schools and colleges trying to get things going out that we can get those people just coming right out of school," Sohl said.

Other representatives from the project say the facility will accept folks under both Medicaid and Medicare.

They also say they want folks who live there to feel at home. To help with that, their facility will include a chapel to fulfill patients’ spiritual needs.

The facility is expected to be fulling functioning fall of 2018.

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