WEST (April 4, 2014) Ground was broken Friday morning in West for the new West Haven Nursing Home, which will replace the West Haven facility that was destroyed in the April 17 fertilizer plant explosion.
The 75,000-square-foot 120-bed facility will be constructed across North Davis Street from the site of the original facility.
The old nursing home, which was only about 200 yards from the West Fertilizer Co., was one of scores of buildings and homes that were destroyed by the deadly blast.
Twelve first responders and three residents died and more than 200 were injured.
“This is an important day in West. Rebuilding the nursing home is a significant milestone on the road to recovery bringing back dispersed elderly residents and nursing home staff,” said West Rest Haven Board President Robert Payne.
The new facility should be finished by next summer.
The original 40-bed facility opened in 1967 and later grew to 145 beds.