‘New Peabody Home’ gets big boost through USDA funding
$26m aid package to aid expansion, modernization of Franklin nursing home
A $26 million package through the USDA Rural Development Direct Loan and Grant Program will pave he way for construction of a modern senior living facility at the Peabody Home in Franklin.
The funds will be used in conjunction with a $292,899 contribution from the Peabody Home, officials said.
The Peabody Home has operated as a nursing home since the 1940s, and the “new Peabody Home” will be a 63,632-square-foot facility to be built in two phases. The new building will more than double existing space and accommodate independent living, assisted living and memory care.
The first phase will be construction of the assisted living and memory care facility. The original building will then be torn down, and phase two will include construction of a new independent living facility on that location.
Both phases will be integrated into a single three-story building that features a granite and brick façade and large manor windows and will include a 24-hour emergency response system, personal transportation services, a beauty and barber shop, an exercise and wellness room and easy access to downtown Franklin.
The building was designed by EGA P.C. of Newburyport, Mass. Engelberth Construction, which has New Hampshire offices in Concord and Keene, is building the facility and engineering work is being conducted by Concord-based Nobis Engineering. Advisory work is being provided by RS Consulting and the Northern Community Investment Corp.
Groundbreaking is planned for November. Phase one is expected to be completed in about 12 months and phase two about six months after that, said Meg Miller, director of the Peabody Home.
“We are so excited to build on our nearly 80-year history of providing compassionate care for those in need and announce plans for our new state-of-the-art facility that allows us to deliver a more complete continuum of care across the communities we serve,” said Miller, director of the Peabody Home.