A $16-million nursing home on Dublin's east side received council approval this week.

A $16-million nursing home on Dublin’s east side received council approval this week.

On Nov. 28, council approved rezoning and a preliminary development plan for the Heartland of Dublin post-acute rehabilitation and nursing facility at the southeast corner of West Dublin-Granville Road and Shamrock Boulevard.

The two-story, 120-bed facility will sit on 4 acres and have 131 parking spaces. It will serve as an intensive rehabilitation facility with “restorative care, respite care and traditional long-term care,” according to a project overview from the company. “The facility will specialize in providing high-acuity, post-hospital care.”

The majority of patients at the facility, the overview stated, would be there recovering from surgery, a serious injury or an illness.

The 65,000-square-foot facility has been in the works for a long time.

The planning and zoning commission first reviewed a concept plan for a 123,800-square-foot mixed-used development in 2005. Other ideas, including retail, office and service uses, went before the commission over the years, but the skilled-care nursing home received approval.

“The current proposal includes greater density but a less intensive use,” a staff memo to council stated.

The development hit a snag, however, when the Bridge Street corridor plan came about. The building had to be moved closer to the road, and the developer added a small park or plaza area to fit in with the urban, walkable environment consistent with the corridor plan. The developer also brought three building designs to P&Z, which approved the plan last month, with a recommendation that council follow suit.

The development should begin soon. “We’re shooting for the spring” for groundbreaking, attorney Chris Cline, who represents owner HCR ManorCare-Health Services, told council.