Manor groundbreaking

Scott Burkholder, INSPIRIT regional director of asset management and project manager for the Franklin Manor addition (from left); Rebecca Hines, Tennessee regional director for INSPIRIT; Kim Gulley, executive director of Franklin Manor in Winchester; Dave McHarg, INSPIRIT CEO; and Jeff Brindley, vice president of Brindley Construction from Pulaski, are shown during groundbreaking ceremonies for the new addition to Franklin Manor, which will add facilities for 35 new residents and grow the staff from 40 to 77.

On a recent beautiful day, the Franklin Manor Senior Living community broke ground for an assisted living and memory care expansion at its site at 3619 Cowan Highway, Winchester.

Socially distanced and masked under a tent, attendees listened to comments from INSPIRIT corporate officials, local leaders, Franklin County Chamber of Commerce representatives and others and enjoyed light box lunches.

Kim Gulley, executive director of Franklin Manor, was excited about the expansion and noted that “this is our 20th year here in Franklin County this year, and this expansion will add units for 24 additional memory care residents and 11 more assisted living.”

The staff at the facility will also grow from 40 licensed caregivers to 77 with the addition, she said.

Scott Burkholder, INSPIRIT’s regional director of asset management and project manager for the addition, estimated the $3 million expansion will require six to 10 months to complete.

The work will be done by Brindley Construction from Pulaski.

Jeff Brindley, vice president of Brindley Construction, was on hand to explain that the materials for the new project would consist of wood frames and plank siding in a look similar to the current structure.

INSPIRIT CEO Dave McHarg from Fairfax, Virginia, outlined the two-and-a-half-year planning that went into this project and noted that his company had a total of 15 properties in 6 states, with 6 facilities in Tennessee, the most of any other of the states.

“We love Tennessee because of the weather and sweet tea,” he said.

Burkholder praised the partnerships with state and local governments, designers contractors and Brindley Construction, emphasizing that INSPIRIT prefers to stay “local” when building new facilities or additions such as the one at Franklin Manor.

Executive Director Gulley’s time at the lectern brought a tear or two with her comments about the dedicated and professional staff at Franklin Manor, noting the difficulties of working in assisted living during the pandemic to keep everyone safe, including staff and residents.