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March 3, 2013

Willow Park council OKs nursing home annexation

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They expect to pay a total of more than $100,000 in taxes each year, according to Cramer.

The Weatherford facility has been open for four years and Cramer said they see a demand for rehabilitation services and long term nursing care in the area.

College Park Nursing and Rehab, one of several similar facilities in Weatherford, is full, has a wait list and has to send people to facilities in Fort Worth or other locations, Cramer told the council.

“The demographics are probably better here than any place we’ve built,” Cramer said.

Tami Fitzgerald, the facility administrator for College Park Nursing and Rehab since it opened and expects to be involved in opening the Willow Park facility, said they expect the business to add at least 120 jobs, most of them skilled, licensed staff.

They are ready to move forward with their plans and hope to begin adding residents in the building by December or January, Cramer told the council.

Dr. Sanjeeb Shrestha, a practicing gastroenterologist in Weatherford, told the council that he sees a great need for assisted-living facilities in the area as many residents are sent to other cities.

He hopes to build a smaller facility with total of 50 beds and expects the business to add 20 to 30 jobs in the area, Shrestha said.

“If we have the facilities here, our parents, grandparents can be in a very friendly environment,” Shrestha said.

He and other investors have been working on the assisted-living facility project for about a year and most of their plans were at a standstill because of the annexation issue, Shrestha said.

Willow Park Baptist Church’s treasurer and finance committee chair told the council that they purchased the 82-acre area to build a church campus and hoped to move forward with the annexation of the 10 acres Tuesday night, so the church could sell a portion of the property to help pay off the church’s debt.

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