The Asbury Park Press
SHREWSBURY – Workers have started to clear trees on Shrewsbury Avenue to make way for The Chelsea at Shrewsbury, an assisted living center.
Along with the trees, the old Shrewsbury Manor nursing home, which has been vacant and overgrown, will come down as well. A nursing home for about 65 years, a roof collapse in 2011 destroyed about 15 bedrooms, nearly half of the 35 in the facility. It left the building, at the corner of Patterson Avenue, in poor condition.
Last year, Shrewsbury planners approved a proposal by Capitol Seniors Housing, a developer of senior housing communities, to build a three-story, 77,130-square-foot assisted living center with about 100 beds. The company has developed communities in Middletown’s Lincroft section, Marlboro and Wall.
It will be managed by Chelsea Senior Communities. which also operates 13 communities, including locations in Brick, Manalapan, Marlboro, Tinton Falls and Toms River.
The new assisted living center will continue the revitalization of that part of Shrewsbury Avenue, Shrewsbury Mayor Donald W. Burden said.
Advanced Auto Parts opened in 2015 near Patterson Avenue followed by a Sherwin-Williams paint shop next door. The assisted living center is tentatively scheduled to be completed by late fall 2018, the mayor said.
“The old Shrewsbury nursing home, the place had deteriorated,” Burden said. “It was just an ugly site. It was not really something that could be salvaged or remodeled.”
The new Chelsea community will be a “powerful addition,” he said. “When it is all said and done, it is going to be a major destination point here in Shrewsbury.”
Shrewsbury is attracting health-related businesses, Burden said. The former Catelli Bros. Inc. slaughterhouse on Route 35 is slated to become a Sunrise Assisted Living community, he added.
WIth available parking and proximity to Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank and Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch.
“Shrewsbury is a very attractive site for these health related places,” Burden said. “I think it is going to be an asset to Shrewsbury but also to the people down the line that will need assisted living.”