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A sad end to the Loretto project

For the past two years the Loretto Care Center has been working with the town of Cicero to build 13 one-story "greenhouse" residences for the elderly. And for the past two years the project has been reviewed by numerous agencies, had architectural plans developed, and a site plan approved by the town. A great deal of effort and work had gone into providing the citizens of Cicero an opportunity of tremendous benefit to the community.

In April, however, Michael J. Sullivan, president and chief executive officer of Loretto, stated in a memo that "the decision to stop the project was made because of the uncertainty about the availability of federal money to help pay for the project, anticipated costs in Medicaid and Medicare revenue and the negative impact the project might have on local nursing home capacity."

Sullivan also stated that the decision was made jointly with Community General, Crouse and St. Joseph's hospitals. The project would have been built off Route 11, north of Route 31, and would have been the perfect location to place patients with conditions such as physical and mental impairments in an outstanding, rural environment.

The decision to cancel the project was fundamentally based on finances and the sign of the times. The community has lost an important project for its citizens as well as the opportunity to develop an eminent piece of property for the future.

We, the principals of the town of Cicero, still hold to the belief that there is hope and the possibility that sometime in the future this worthy project will take place. We have worked long and hard along with those involved with the Loretto project not to forego our hopes and dreams and believe that this project, or one similar, someday will become a reality in the town of Cicero.

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