MERRILLVILLE - A new $7 million skilled nursing facility is being proposed in Merrillville. Our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana report the development would include five residential buildings outfitted with 12 beds, a dining area, beauty salon and spa.

Long Term Care Investments VI is pursuing the project on the more than 10 acres east of Broadway.

Planning Director Sheila Shine told the publication of the units in the development, 12 would be dedicated to those with dementia.

Shine also said a community center would serve the entire campus, as well as a central courtyard. The community center would have movies and other activities for the residents.

The Plan Commission has granted preliminary planned unit development approval for the project.

Groundbreaking could happen as early as July if the facility receives approval from the town and state.

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