Services Building Razed On Altenheim Property

Crews with Edgco Inc. of Lansing continue demolishing an 18-year-old building that housed the former resource and referral center for the Altenheim Retirement Community – located along National Road near Dimmeydale – to make way for two additional brick cottages at the same site.

Altenheim Retirement Community Executive Director George A. Dakovic said Altenheim officials made the decision to raze the former resource center in response to a demand from the area’s older population seeking independent living.

He said the six cottages the agency has built in recent years at that same location have proven to be extremely popular for retired seniors.

Dakovic said once the site is cleared, crews with Walters Construction of Wheeling will begin the process of building two more modern style cottages adjacent to Altenheim’s century-old mansion located at 1387 National Road.

He said crews are trying to salvage as much material from the resource center as possible, including wooden beams and the metal roof.

“I would anticipate the building will be completely down by the end of this week or very early next week,” Dakovic said.

“At that point Walters Construction is waiting in line to come in and start moving some dirt around and start their construction project of the two cottages. … They will be very similar to the three we just built last year up on the hill.”

Dakovic said while they will be similar in style to the more traditional cottages recently built at that location, they will be slightly smaller due to the size of the lot.

He said he expects the construction to be complete by this fall.

As a result of the changes, Altenheim Resource and Referral Services has moved the program’s office and library of reference books and DVDs into Altenheim’s main building, which serves as a residence to four women.

Additionally, a long-time tenant of the resource center, Faith in Action Caregivers Inc., was relocated to a new space in Martins Ferry. The agency is now located on the third floor of St. Johns’ Lutheran Church, 38 N. Fourth St.