SKETCH ABOVE shows the current Judson Palmer Home at 2911 N. Main St., at right, with a planned $6.3 million addition at left. The sketch below shows a different view of the 32,539-square-foot addition, which will be a resident building. (Sketches provided)



The Judson Palmer Home will be adding a $6.3 million, 32,539-square-foot resident building north of its existing Findlay building at 2911 N. Main St.

The home’s 16 women residents will move into the new space by year-end, and the existing building will be renovated for office and Judson Palmer storage space, said Anja Rademacher, administrator.

Judson Palmer Home, which is nonprofit, offers assisted living for women in financial need.

Money from the original trust fund established by Judson and Katherine Palmer will pay for the expansion.

“We wanted to give the ladies a bigger space, their own restrooms, so it’s more of a private suite,” Rademacher said.

The new building will be safer for residents because it will be a single story. Residents also will have their own walk-in shower and the rooms will all be handicapped accessible.

In the center of the new building will be an activity center with a patio attached.

“We’re going to be incorporating a lot of outdoor activities,” Rademacher said.

Those would include happy hour with alcoholic or nonalcoholic drinks, music and games.

“Who knows, maybe some barbecues and be able to invite families more often than we are able to now, to dine with us, relax, spend time together,” Rademacher said. “Right now we’re really limited by the size of the building that we’re living in.”

She said it is important for residents to be in constant contact with family, and she wants Judson Palmer Home to facilitate that.

The new building will match the architectural character of the old one, which was built in 1950. A walking path on the Judson Palmer grounds will lead to the old grove of catalpa trees east of the old building.

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