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Lehigh County commissioners approve Cedarbrook renovation plan

Plan expected to cost $68 million

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Lehigh County commissioners approved the renovation of Cedarbrook Nursing Home 5-to-4 at Wednesday's meeting.

What to do with the county-run South Whitehall Township nursing home, in need of major improvements, has been a been a topic of discussion for years.

Commissioners in favor of the resolution to renovate the facility said the home is completely inefficient as it stands and something has to be done.

"(The renovation plan) addresses the needs of the residents and the staff,"  Commissioner Brad Osborne said.

Meanwhile commissioners who were against the renovation said they wanted a totally new facility to be built.

Commissioner Michael Schware said it would be better to spend more money upfront in order to get a more efficient facility.

"To improve something and pay $70 million and not get the entire building complete is wasting the money," Schware said.

Three residents voiced concerns about the renovation plan at Wednesday's meeting.

Sam Boric, of Whitehall, said he does not want to see a tax increase later because of a decision made tonight.

The plan to renovate the facility will cost $68 million.

The proposed 2018 budget for the county does include the $68 million for the facility at no tax increase to residents.

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