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By Fanna Haile-Selassie

New elderly care center to open up in Preston

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PRESTON, MN (FOX 47) -- The Good Samaritan Society nursing home in Preston closed due to financial problems in March this year. It meant a loss of jobs and care for Preston-area loved ones. Now there's a new option coming to town very soon.

This used to be the Good Samaritan Society Nursing Home, now it is vacant. The home had to turn away 35 residents and many more employees in March, at time when jobs were not easy to come by due to the economy.

"By some measures, there was up to 60 people that were employed at one level or another at the nursing home. So, it was a huge impact for the community when it closed," says Preston city administrator Joe Hoffman.

Hoffman says just a few months after the Nursing home closed, another company was ready to start where it left off. Now, Hoffman says it's pretty much a done deal. Traditions Management of Burnsville has bought the property and is turning part of the building into a memory care assisted living center.

"Approximately half of the building will be assisted living and memory care apartments. The other half of the building, the older part of the building will be business offices or service offices," explains Sheila Snyder, the Vice President of Operations for Traditions Management.

This facility will be an assisted living center which has fewer care options than the old nursing home. And with fewer options come fewer jobs. But Preston officials say, in this tight economy, anything helps.

"There will be fewer jobs, but there is a potential that as other businesses move in there for new jobs to be created," says Hoffman. "I think any new job in a community is a plus, and so we're happy they're bringing their project here."

Snyder says there will be about 20 to 25 available part-time positions. Snyder says the smaller living community will house only 6 assisted living residents, and focus mainly on the 16 residents with memory care needs.

The city has approved the company's zoning permit, and the company is already painting and remodeling.

Snyder says the plan is to open center in the next couple of months. Traditions management has assisted living homes in Owatonna, Waterville, Montgomery, and West Union, Iowa.

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