New Our Island Home
The path to a potential new Our Island Home began as early as 2007. An overview of efforts to date can be found here.
More recently, efforts have been underway to review and understand what could be done at OIH's current location of East Creek Road.
How did we get here?
In April 2015 Annual Town Meeting the Town sought authorization for funding to design a new facility. Multiple sites were identified and SMRT architects were engaged to conduct a feasibility study. A great amount of work and review was done by Town consultants (SMRT, SK Advisors, and Rabig Consultants) as well as a second OIH Workgroup (the first being in 2013) and a Building Committee; both formed in December 2016. This work resulted in 4 Select Board sponsored articles at April 2017 Annual Town meeting to authorize design and construction cost, property acquisition and related property sewer and zoning changes that would be required to build a new facility adjacent to Sherburne Commons on Miacomet Road. These articles were not approved at Town meeting with some citing concern that the current location needed a more in-depth review.
In November 2017, the Select Board voted to have Town Administration start searching for a firm to make recommendation on operating options, cost estimates, demographics and determine the feasibility of building at the current location. An operation review began in May 2018 with CliftonLarsonAllen and later a second architectural/engineering feasibility study began with LWDA Design Architect & Planning to focus on what would be required to replace the current facility on its existing site and remain at East Creek Road. LWDA presented their findings to the Select Board on September 11, 2019. The two studies do not represent a commitment to fund, design and build a new facility on East Creek; rather, they provide information on the issues involved in undertaking such a challenge. This information will be utilized to make an informed decision on how to best proceed with OIH.
At the September 11th, 2019 Board meeting, it was noted that the plans and studies are conceptual and if the project moves forward then input will be taken from Stakeholders and the public. An internal group was organized to start planning efforts for OIH and a facilitator was engaged to help determine consideration factors including facts vs assumptions; core community values; options and possibilities – with associated strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (a so-called SWOT analysis); and, a plan to obtain public input. As a result, six facilitated discussions were held between July and September 2020. One with internal Town of Nantucket staff and the remaining with key Stakeholders; including OIH residents, family, staff members and senior service providers on the island. On October 14, 2020 a review of these stakeholder forums was presented to the Select Board. Another round of facilitated discussions with additional stakeholder groups and community members are being scheduled for January and February 2021. It is anticipated that additional discussions with general public will occur sometime after those are completed. The information from these meetings will be reviewed by the Select Board and, along with prior studies done on OIH, will be utilized to determine what is the best direction the Town should procced in for the future of a nursing facility on the island.
- LWDA Feasibility Study Presentation to Select Board, September 2019
- LWDA Design Notes, March 25, 2019
- LWDA Design Feasibility Study Final Report, September 2019
- LWDA Design Feasibility Study Final Report Appendices, September 2019
- CLA Presentation to Select Board, November 2019
- CLA Engagement Update for Town Leadership, October 2018
- CLA Engagement Update for Town Leadership, December 2018
- OIH Stakeholder Meeting Summary to Select Board, October 14, 2020 (PDDF)