After two years of sitting vacant, the old Sunrise Manor Nursing Home will be sold.
According to Rondal Wright, chairman of LaRue County Geriatric Center Board of Directors, the Phillips Lane facility will be auctioned Saturday, Nov. 16.
Jimmie Lee of Lee Realty in Magnolia has been hired to dispose of the real estate and remainder of furniture. The sale will begin at 10 a.m. It will be an absolute auction.
The Sunrise board discussed several times the prospect of opening an assisted living center, said Wright. But the regulations involved with assisted living have deterred any advancement in that area.
“I’d like to see something go back in there,” said Wright. “The building is still sound.”
The property has been surveyed and a tract has been carved out for the adult daycare building and parking lot – which will not be sold.
The county-owned nursing home, built in 1967, provided care for local residents for more than 40 years. It was vacated when a new nursing home was built adjacent to the property. Signature Healthcare manages the new Sunrise.
Signature has been notified to remove any remaining records or documentation from the nursing home, he said.
Wright said there are 122 beds and nightstands and other furnishings left at the facility. Some equipment was taken to the new nursing home.
Other items were offered to the county and city.
Wright said representatives of Signature Healthcare complained to the board about some of the items being taken - but he believed the property belonged to the county, not Signature.
LaRue County Judge/executive Tommy Turner said the county has not taken anything yet – but he thought the wrought iron benches that were placed originally in the hallways of the new nursing home could be used around Creek Front Park or the LaRue County Environmental Education and Research Center. The benches were removed from the halls due to safety concerns.
“I thought using them at Creek Front would be better than them being sold for a small amount,” said Turner.
Hodgenville City Clerk MaDonna Hornback said the City took a pair of icemakers – one for City Hall, the other for the LaRue County Fairgrounds. Dining room tables, chairs, a TV, picnic table and framed pictures also were taken to the fairgrounds.
“We’ve been trying to help them out (at the fairgrounds),” said Hornback.
A couple of cabinets that stood in the nursing home’s entry were taken to the LaRue County Genealogy Society which is housed in the City’s maintenance building.
“I appreciate the (nursing home) board letting us have those things,” said Hodgenville Mayor Terry Cruse. He plans to pick up some of the wrought iron benches in the next few days.
Ann “Snookie” Morrison, long-time fair board member, said Cruse has been named acting president of the fair board.