The Overton County Health and Rehab Center will accept sealed bids for a renovation project until December 11th.
OCHRC administrative staff member Scott Stevens said the center hopes for a better outcome this bid cycle.
“We’ve had a couple rounds of bids and unfortunately nothing was quite within where we want to be,” Stevens said. “We were looking at a $6 million budget and the first couple rounds of bids far exceeded that.”
Stevens said the the front of the building will be demolished to make room for 20 private rehab suites.
“The original rehab center was built in 1961 and that’s part of the building that has used up its resources and needs to be remodeled or renovated,” Stevens said. “We looked at what was the best way to serve our market and what we see a need for is private rehab suites.”
Stevens said the suites will be for people who need short-term rehabilitation treatment.
“It’s going to be like the cottages we built a few years ago and it’s not going to be like an institution,” Stevens said. “These are going to be built like a home environment.”
The project will likely begin this coming spring with a completion date occurring 18 months later.
Stevens said none of the current residents will be affected by construction.
Bids will hopefully be awarded by the end of 2018.