$8.5M design fee approved, first stage of Island Home replacement

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(April 21, 2022) The construction of a new Our Island Home nursing home in the Sherburne Commons seniors’ community is up for a vote again at the annual town hall meeting, five years after another vote to move the home from nursing from its current location overlooking the harbor was narrowly rejected.

“A private company won’t come to Nantucket because it’s not economically feasible for them (to operate a retirement home),” the Select Board vice chairman said. Dawn Hill Holdgate mentioned.

“For me, as a resident, I think it would be a real shame not to have that level of care locally. The installation has exceeded its lifetime. It was not built correctly.

If approved, the article would earmark $8.5 million for the design of a new facility off South Shore Road. This number is estimated to be around 17 percent of the total construction cost, set at $50 million. That’s an increase from the $30 million projected in 2017. That high figure, however, has board member Matt Fee concerned that the city is keen on a major relocation project that hasn’t yet been fully finalized.

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