Inclement weather pushes back Legacy of Brownsdale opening; October opening now eyed

Published 8:30 am Friday, August 10, 2018

Residents of Brownsdale and surrounding communities will need to wait a bit longer for the highly-anticipated opening of their assisted-living center that’s being built from the former elementary school building.

The Legacy of Brownsdale was expected to open in August; however, inclement weather hindered construction and pushed back the project’s completion timeline, according to Diedra Burke, owner and property manager of Legacy of Brownsdale.

“We’re looking at construction finishing at the end of September with an October opening,” Burke said over the phone on Thursday morning. “With the weather, the rain put us behind a little bit.”

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The project was anticipated to finish renovations by the end of July and open in mid or late August, according to a previous story. Legacy of Brownsdale is an estimated 45,000 square-foot facility with 33 assisted living units, and some have the capacity to house two people. Most units inside are able to accommodate single-residency (which are limited to couples and possible friends).

It was reported that between 30 to 45 staff members were expected to be employed in both full-time and part-time positions.

This project was renovated from the former Brownsdale Elementary School building that had closed in June 2016 and incorporated parts of the old building into parts of the new assisted living center.

Burke stated that the new building’s exterior is “complete” and now crews are working on the interiors. As long as weather cooperates, Legacy of Brownsdale will be open later this fall.

“October is a beautiful time to open,” she said. “We’re very close. It’s just unfortunate that the weather pushed us behind quite a bit.”