On June 13, Radius Management Services purchased the former Hillside Nursing Center at 99 Hillside Avenue at a bankruptcy auction held by the court. Their offer is conditional on reviving the facility’s license to operate as a nursing home. The former nursing home was closed by the RI Dept of Health in early 2005. There were informal indications that the DOH would approve the re-licensing as a nursing home, according to neighbors who attended the auction.
This development is cautiously welcomed by neighbors who have been monitoring the complicated and drawn-out disposal of the property. Most people living nearby would prefer a re-opened nursing home to the most likely alternatives such as residential development or assisted living.
A small group of neighbors coordinated by John Smithers has been in touch with Radius and hopes to meet with executives in August. At this stage, the neighbors’ group wants to learn more about Radius’ plans for renovation or construction. They are also looking ahead to how operations will affect surrounding homes and streets. If you have questions or concerns you would like John to convey to Radius, or if you would like to be kept informed, please e-mail John Smithers at John.Smither@jwu.edu.