(12/18/13) - Downtown Flint is welcoming yet another new business.
Genesys plans to reopen an empty building as an elderly care facility.
The former International Institute at Stevens and First in downtown Flint has been vacant for years. The Landbank Property is still in good shape - it just needs a little TLC. That TLC is coming soon.
"When the opportunity came that we could reuse an existing building and also add new square footage to it, it just made perfect sense. And it just aligned so well with the partnership we're trying to build with the city," said Nick Evans, VP, Genesys Health Systems.
Genesys will open a PACE center in the building to serve the elderly on a daily basis.
"Genesys has been very committed to the city of Flint in the last few years in supporting the Master Plan and the revitalization of the entire city, and so we're excited by the opportunity," Evans said.
The PACE center will also help fill a void in the community.
Thousands of under-served elderly people in Genesee County are potential consumers.
"Really from A-Z, all of their cares are met. If they need help with bathing, there are facilities on sight that the sight on staff will help them take a bath, will help them with their daily living and feed them," Evans said.
Construction and renovation work will start immediately. The building will double in size.
Once complete, 70 new jobs will open up, too.
"Ranging from drivers, to CNA's, right up to a pharmacist, medical director, nurses and others, so it's a broad range of positions," Evans said.
Construction is expected to wrap up next summer.
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