Senate bill: Fill beds, then build nursing homes

Senate Bill 173 delaying construction of nursing homes

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – A senate bill could affect a company planning to build an assisted living facility in Lafayette. Senate Bill 173 would delay the construction of nursing homes for five years.

Mainstreet Property Group has begun work at the old Home Hospital site. As News 18 previously reported, the facility will be a one-story, 66,000 square-foot assisted living home featuring things like a salon, movie theater and walking trails.

The bill would affect buildings planning to be built after June 30.

Sen. Ron Alting (R-22) said the bill was drafted after information became available stating 13,000 Indiana nursing home beds remain empty.

“They’re just trying to slow down the process of building nursing homes that have the potential to be empty,” Alting said.

The senate passed the bill. It will now go to the House of Representatives.

Mainstreet Property Group has nursing home facilities across the country, and plans to build more.

The facility in Lafayette was supposed to open this summer, but Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski said weather has delayed construction deadlines. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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