New Carlisle’s Planning BoDayvieward officially approved plans last week for Dayview’s expansion, which will add more beds and amenities to the facility, as well as incorporate residents from Belle Manor once they are transferred there.

The estimated $5 million project will bring the facility’s total number of beds to 88, with more than one dozen of those devoted for specialized care. City Manager Randy Bridge also acts as the city’s Planning Director, and said that the Dayview expansion will have “a positive impact on the City of New Carlisle.”

Bridge said that once the expansion is complete, Dayview is expected to include a beauty shop, library, lounge, and dining room. The area of expansion is set to encompass seven acres.

Bridge confirmed that the City of New Carlisle will “relocate the city building” into the Belle Manor site once its residents are transferred to Dayview and “utilize the facility” there.

Dayview’s name will be officially changed to Vancrest of New Carlisle after the expansion, which is projected to be complete in two years.

Dave Rellinger of Vancrest said that the three new wings should be completed within 12 to 14 months, and that the rest of the project will take another six months to finish. Rellinger said the construction companies gave him “an aggressive” timeline for completion, pushing for an earlier completion date.

The site plan for the expansion was approved four-to-zero by planning board members last Wednesday. Bridge said the facility is required to have at least one parking spot for every two beds inside, but noted that the completed site will have 97 parking spots even though it is only required to create 44 spaces. Bridge also said that the final landscaping plans have not yet been submitted to the board for approval, but noted that the plan is to use silk lilac trees to match the ones lining Main Street in downtown.

It could be as long as three years before Belle Manor residents are moved to Dayview, and no timeline has yet been set for when the city is expected to move into the new building. The New Carlisle News will bring you updates on the Dayview/Belle Manor merger and the city’s new building as they become available.

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