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LDC could vote today on nursing home sale

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 6 February 2014 at 12:00 am

ALBION – A group tasked with finding a buyer for The Villages of Orleans, a 120-bed nursing home in Albion, could decide today which company will be the new owner.

The Orleans County Health Facilities Corporation, a local development corporation formed last year by the County Legislature, will meet today at 1:30 in the legislative chambers of the County Clerks’ Building, 3 South Main St.

The three-man board of directors will go into executive session to discuss a purchase agreement for the county-owned nursing home.

The group is considering more than price, LDC chairman Russ Martino has said. The board wants the new owner to work with Albion Central School to continue an alternative education program at the site. At-risk students at Albion take classes at the nursing home and do an internship or job shadowing with staff.

The nursing home also currently prepares meals for residents at the hospice residence down the road. Martino wants that partnership to continue.

The LDC and county hired Marcus and Millichap’s National Senior Housing Group, a Chicago firm that specializes selling nursing homes. The firm helped find purchase offers and is working with the LDC on the sales agreement. Marcus and Millichap will get a 2.5 percent commission as its fee.