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Former restaurant items up for auction, to become health facility

HARRODSBURG — A new health facility will be bringing life back to a former Harrodsburg restaurant.

Trilogy Health Services has purchased the old Eddie Montgomery Steakhouse property on the south side of Harrodsburg, with plans to convert it into an assisted living and skilled nursing facility.

It started last December, explained Paul Massey, the vice president of development for Trilogy Health Services, when the health business bought the skilled nursing operation from the Haggin Hospital in Harrodsburg.

“We have a relationship with them and felt that was a good fit for us,” Massey said.

Trilogy Health Services has facilities in Lexington and Louisville, as well as in several small communities.

“We feel that those communities need services as much as the smaller ones do,” he said. That’s why “Harrodsburg was such a great fit for us. It just so happened that there was an appropriate and very unique building that was vacant.”

Massey said he had been looking in Harrodsburg for an appropriate space, as Trilogy Health Services is currently renting space from the hospital for the skilled nursing wing. He went to visit an empty piece of property near the former home of the Eddie Montgomery Steakhouse. The restaurant structure came up for discussion and they decided to purchase the property and building for $2.3 million.

“We bought the building and everything in it,” Massey said. “We are able to use some of the stuff.”

Everything they can’t use is going up for auction. It’s a strictly online auction, accessible at bit.ly/2cmozWs. The online-only auction ends tomorrow, Sept. 7. Items can be picked up on Sept. 10.

Future plans include renovating the existing building to be a new hub with therapy space, a living area and a kitchen. Two additions will be built, one toward the bypass and one toward U.S. 127.

The first wing will be a 43-bed skilled nursing wing. The supplies from the current space at Haggin Hospital will be brought in to furnish the facility. It will be used for rehabilitations, short-term stays and long-term stays, said Leslie Knox, vice president of communications.

Outpatient physical and occupational therapy will be available on site as well.

“It’s going to be a great resource for folks in the community who are able to return home and need therapy,” Massey said.

The second wing will be an assisted living facility and have 38 total beds in 32 rooms, with some for husbands and wives. That section, Knox said, is for individuals who need a little help during the day, such as with medicine or getting dressed.

“We are looking forward to serving seniors in the community,” she said.

The project is expected to begin at the end of September or the first of October.

“A lot of that work probably won’t be visible,” Massey said, because it will be happening inside the building.

In the spring, the exterior work will likely start. It’s a 10-11 month build, he said, so it could be ready to open in the fall of 2017.

While the construction is being done, Knox said, there will be events and sneak previews to show prospective residents and their families what the facility will look like.

“This is really going to be a nice asset to the region,” Massey said.

Follow Kendra Peek on Twitter, @knpeek.

SO YOU KNOW
The online auction for items from inside the former Eddie Montgomery Steakhouse are available at bit.ly/2cmozWs. The auction ends at 6 p.m. Wednesday.