The developer of a skilled nursing and assisted living facility will begin construction in July, Liberty Township officials said.

The developer of a skilled nursing and assisted living facility will begin construction in July, Liberty Township officials said.

The Loch Lomond Residence Village will be built on eight acres at 10410 state Route 315.

The timetable for the project lists May 2011 as the date the facility will be ready for occupancy.

The township zoning commission approved the timetable Feb. 17. The development plan also was approved at that meeting.

The developers have worked with Liberty Township on the project since 2005. It was approved in October 2008, but the recession delayed the project, said Jim Harkin, of MKC Architects, a Powell firm that is working on the project.

Delaware County commissioners were instrumental in helping the project move forward when on Feb. 8 the majority approved more than $5.1-million in recovery zone facility bonds for the $16-million skilled nursing and assisted living facility.

The tax-exempt bonds are new and part of the 2009 American Reinvestment Recovery Act. They are to be used in low-income areas, or areas with above-average unemployment or home foreclosures.

In anticipation of issuing the bonds, the county commissioners in December designated the entire county as a recovery zone for purposes of the stimulus act.

The resolution said the entire county "has significant rates of poverty, unemployment, home foreclosures and general distress."

The 50,000-square-foot facility will have 100 skilled nursing beds and 30 assisted living beds, according to architect Jim Schmidt of MKC Architects. It will create 91 full-time equivalent jobs with a projected payroll of more than $2.7-million the first year.

The project will benefit the area in many respects, including increased tax revenue, county commissioner Todd Hanks told ThisWeek.

Hanks estimated the overall annual property tax on the $16-million property investment to be $335,210, including $239,734 in school district taxes, $35,812 in township taxes and $24,790 in general county taxes.

There's also the potential for about $60,000 in sales tax on construction materials, Hanks said.

He said a combination of central Ohio governments came together for the sake of people.

"These are 91 new jobs created and it took the efforts of Liberty Township, Delaware County and Franklin County to get this process done."

Franklin County is the area distributor of the recovery zone bonds, Hanks said.

-- Candace Preston Coy contributed to this story.