By Daniel E. McGonigle
The Caledonia Argus
Work is underway at the former Fairbridge Inn and Suites to turn the facility into an assisted living and memory care center.
Larry and Carmel Ledebuhr, have owned and operated similar facilities previously and were excited by the opportunity the building presented.
“We see the building over here as a prime spot for elder care in Caledonia,” said Larry, a resident of rural Houston. “Quite a remodel is taking shape in that building. We’ve got a great vision and it will include all the amenities.”
Ledebuhr said that the facility is ideal as it is “close to shops, close to clinics and is a highly visible location.”
“We looked at the building and thought the layout was a perfect fit,” said Carmel.
Work began in late March, and if all goes well, Ledebuhr said he hopes to open sometime in June.
“We’re not saying early June just yet,” he joked.
Contractor A. Allen Construction is the lead contractor and is doing “an extensive” remodel including adding an elevator, putting in a commercial kitchen where the pool is currently located, and adding two additions which will serve as sun rooms for the residents.
One of the sun rooms will be off of what was the pool area and will be about 20′ x 25′ in size.
The other will be about 12′ x30′ and will be off a hallway which will be in the memory care portion of the building.
“We’ve worked on numerous projects with the Ledebuhrs,” Allen said. “And I can tell you they’re passionate about what they do and with them coming to Caledonia, you’re going to get a very well-run agency that the community can be proud of. This is a place that will be part of the community.”
A. Allen Construction crews have been removing walls, flooring and features and will entirely remodel the space to fit the needs of future residents.
“We were drawn to it because it offers spacious and comfortable spaces for our residents with a private bathroom for each,” said Carmel.
There are expected to be 41 or 42 units when the project is completed.
The former pool area offers about 3,000 square feet of new kitchen and dining room area and will be well lit when done with nice natural light coming in through the large windows facing east.
The Ledebuhrs are working with the state on permits and are hopeful that they can also build a salon into the space.
“There is a lot to the permitting process,” said Carmel. “We’re working with the state on it.”
The couple are excited that the space will have all new carpeting and a fresh coat of paint on all the rooms.
An elevator will be installed and the current lobby will get a face lift but will remain much as it was in its days as a hotel.
“There will be an area for guests to visit and sit and relax and there will be a coffee area,” said Carmel. “It will have a fireplace, coffee station, but will get a nice face lift.”
As the work continues, the couple are excited about the assisted living facility as it continues to take shape.