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Sunrise Senior Living Facility

Suspended construction project set to resume

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Construction on a building that has stood less than half finished for five years in Dublin could restart by May 1.

Work on the 65,780-square-foot Sunrise Senior Living Facility was approved in 2007, but was abandoned in 2009 when the company experienced financial trouble.

Since then the steel skeleton of the building at 4175 Stoneridge Lane has been a bane for the city's east side.

According to a resolution unanimously approved by Dublin City Council members this week, construction could restart in May and be finished by July 2015.

"This is a very good day for us that we finally have reached an agreement with the Sunrise entity," said Stephen Smith, city attorney, noting that during the economic downturn, Sunrise stopped construction.

"This company never filed for bankruptcy, they just shut down a number of projects."

Before the construction can restart, the company must investigate the site that has been dormant since 2009, said Jerry Liang, a director at Sunrise Living.

The building is about 30 percent completed and "is at the structural steel framing stage, with most of the foundation complete; the second and third floor metal floor decking has been installed; and the concrete has been poured over the decking on portions of the second floor," the staff report to council stated.

Once an investigation into the safety of the site is completed, the company must get a building permit from the city before beginning construction.

The site will be developed by the original plans approved by the Dublin Planning and Zoning Commission in 2007 that called for an 83-bed assisted living center.

"If it all goes well, intent is to start construction in May," Liang said, adding the company is taking construction bids for the project.

The senior living facility should take about 24 months to complete, Liang said, but the community will notice changes soon.

"At the end of the year the outside framing should be done," he said. "It'll look much more like a completed building."

After years of dealing with an abandoned project in Dublin, council members were happy with the action.

"We're looking forward to the conclusion," Mayor Michael Keenan said.

Councilwoman Marilee Chinnici-Zuercher said she recently visited the neighboring Heartland of Dublin rehabilitation and skilled nursing center that began construction last spring.

The anticipated opening of the two-story, 60,600-square-foot building that will have 120 beds is in May.

"I think they will have real integration there," Chinnici-Zuercher said. "I hope they're complimentary because they've built quite a nice building there."

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