Construction is underway on a new Marysville assisted living facility that will include a few unorthodox features, including an aviary and a pub.

Construction is underway on a new Marysville assisted living facility that will include a few unorthodox features, including an aviary and a pub.

Crews broke ground about three weeks ago at 1565 London Avenue for the new Halcyon Village, a new assisted living facility that developer McClain Development says will differ greatly from a nursing facility.

"There are some additional features that a lot of assisted residences don't have," said vice president of McClain Development Malcom "Mac" Kennedy. "Halcyon Village will include a theater for its residents, a pub area, an ice cream parlor, an area where residents can do a variety of things - sort of an activity center and exercise center, and there will be an aviary built right off of the dining area."

The new assisted living facility will include 76 suites for residents, Kennedy said, 17 of which will be special care units, separate within the building, for those who need a higher level of care, including residents with dementia. The building is considered a residential care facility by the state of Ohio, and is registered with the Ohio Health Department.

Kennedy said McClain Development has constructed 17 similar sites throughout Ohio, all with the emphasis placed on the residents' comfort.

"We want this to be very residential in nature," Kennedy said. "We're trying to make it as nice a place that our grandmothers or grandfathers would enjoy spending their years here."

Kennedy said the Marysville location is the second of a new prototype McClain Development is trying out, with the first built in Massillon that opened three months ago. The glassed in aviary, that abuts the dining facility, will house 25-30 different species of birds, with speakers placed so diners can hear the birds through the glass. Outside of the dining area will be a large water feature that will run all year long in an outdoor courtyard area, that will also include putting greens, Kennedy said.

"We want this to have a family feel to it, with large living rooms and three family-style meals a day," he said.

Halcyon Village is projected to bring about 30-35 full-time staffing positions into the city, including about 30 new part-time positions, Kennedy said. These will include executive positions, aids, maintenance, nurses and other positions. A medical nurse will be on site 24 hours a day.

Kennedy said that construction work on Halcyon Village is expected to be completed around the middle of June 2010, with a grand opening on Aug. 1 of that year. The facility will start taking applications for residents around the beginning of 2010, he said.

A photo slideshow of other McClain Development assisted living facilities can be viewed on the Web at www.jerrymcclainco.com.