“This is one of the largest projects in Bridgeport’s recent history. It’s moving from out of town into Bridgeport and bringing with it 800 jobs along with nearly 300 construction jobs.” – Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch
Bridgeport, Conn. (July 31, 2015) – Mayor Bill Finch joined Andrew H. Banoff, president and CEO of Jewish Senior Services, and council members on a tour of the construction site for the $75 million Jewish Senior Services campus, a brand new nursing home facility that will bring 800 jobs to Bridgeport.
“This is one of the largest projects in Bridgeport’s recent history. It’s moving from out of town into Bridgeport and bringing with it 800 jobs along with nearly 300 construction jobs,” said Mayor Finch. “Jewish Senior Services have a long history of providing state of the art facilities that will ensure our elderly are well cared for while also creating more jobs and services for our entire community.”
The facility will follow a new design called the “household model” that allows residents to feel more at home with private bedrooms and bathrooms but a shared dining, living and patio space. When completed, the 372,000-square-foot building will contain 46 assisted-living units, 18 skilled nursing households with 14 private units, and two short-term rehabilitation households with 14 units and indoor and courtyard therapy centers.
“You could feel like you were home again—not in a long corridor with other patients, but in a home with a family,” said former JSS board member Bunny Kasper of the new layout. “Here you’re going somewhere to live again. Everything that’s positive about living in a home, we’re going to be providing.”
Banoff says he hopes the campus will become a resource for the community as well as its senior residents. The campus is set to include an 18,000-square-foot fitness center, a 25-yard, four lane indoor swimming pool, a child care center and a kosher bistro.
The facility, which is set to be complete in 2016, will be named the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg campus in honor of their donation to the project.