Cicero announes $25M Green House project

Town of Cicero Supervisor Judy Boyke announced Jan. 27 that a $25 million Green House project that will be headed up by both Pioneer Companies and Lorreto.

The plan is to build 13 Green House residences for senior citizens needing long-term care in Cicero. The development will cover 18 acres in the town of Cicero. The currently empty plot of land in the Cicero Commons area, located near the Twin Rinks and the library, will be the new home of the Loretto green home residences.

Boyke said the area "just needed the right people to come along."

The plan will be brought before the board and the Cicero Zoning Board at tonight's town meeting to be held at 7 p.m.

Representatives from Pioneer Companies, David Norcross, senior vice president acquisitions, and Jed Schneider, senior vice president of development, will present details of the project to members of the town board at tonight's meeting as well as ask them to make a recommendation to the Cicero Zoning Board.

The project currently has a $12 million Healthcare Efficiency and Affordability Law grant from the New York State Health Department. Tammy Marshall, Loretto vice president for mission integration and strategic planning, said the entire project will be funded by grants and other fundraising avenues that Loretto explores.

The Green House project will include 13 homes that will house 12 residences, Marshall said. The development will also bring about 120 jobs to the area.

"It's bringing jobs, economic development and new neighbors," Marshall said.

Ground-breaking for the project is estimated for summer of 2010, but that there is a possibility that it will happen sooner, Marshall said. The new development will also give local contractors a chance to take contracts where possible, Marshall said.

The HEAL grant must be utilized before fall of 2011.

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