The week started off on a bright note, with a check presentation of a check for $4,490,918 to the Town of Greenwich for the purchase of income tax credits issued by the state of Connecticut toward Nathaniel Witherell’s Project Renew.
“To put this in perspective, that payment by Eversource represents 17% of the construction costs of our $27.1 million construction project,” said Friends of Nathaniel Witherell chairman, David Ormsby, who explained that the project is to modernize and refurbish the highly regarded short-term nursing care center owned by the Town of Greenwich.
Mr. Ormsby explained that the Nathaniel Witherell and its campus were designated as a historic district and officially listed in the National Register of Historic Places. That listing made Nathaniel Witherell and Project Renew eligible to participate in the state of Connecticut Historic Preservation tax credit program.
Project Renew has dramatically improved the infrastructure and environment at the Nathaniel Witherell by increasing the number of private rooms from 26 to 64, eliminating 10 four-bedded rooms, and remodeling and redecorating 86 resident rooms. Public space has been similarly enhanced, including a 4,000 sq ft state-of-the-art Rehab Center,new family reception areas, modernization of three elevators and adding a fourth, a new emergency generator and other upgrades.
“We have been blessed to forge a wonderful public-private partnership with you,” First Selectman Peter Tesei said to the representatives of Eversource, describing it as a win-win for the Town, for Witherell and for Eversource as they go forth in their own renewal efforts.