Construction begins on retired priests’ residence

CHARLESTON — The construction contract for the St. Joseph Residence at Carter-May has been signed with Hightower Construction and work will begin immediately.

The building and renovation project is moving along nicely and the decision has been made to proceed with the full project plan, according to Mike Gocsik, secretary of the Office of Stewardship and Mission Advancement.

The St. Joseph Residence will house six one-bedroom suites, each with a living room, kitchenette and handicap accessible bath. The wing attached to the Carter-May Home includes a private priest sitting room/library and dining room.

Another wing for lay people will add six private studio units with handicap accessible baths and a common sitting room.

A renovation of the existing Carter-May Home will also take place which includes a new kitchen and the addition of bathrooms attached to resident rooms.

The completed project will be licensed to provide assisted living services to a total of 25 residents.

Phase one includes the construction of a kitchen, the St. Joseph Residence wing, and the studio unit wing. It is scheduled for completion by March 2004.

During phase two, the Carter-May Home will be renovated and its residents moved to the new wings temporarily.

“We anticipate final completion of the project by September, 2004,” Gocsik said.

The total cost of this project including construction, fees, and equipment, is projected to be $2,363,405.

“To date we have raised $1,712,968,” Gocsik said.