Houston ministry acquires nursing home Facility to be repaired, cleaned up

An old nursing home in Canton is set to undergo major renovations and repairs as part of a project of New Beginnings Baptist Church in Houston.

Heritage Manor Nursing Home on College Street in Canton sat derelict and unused after being closed due to a plethora of problems.

According to a media release on the church’s website, “Questions asked around Canton produced a lot of information: the facility, which apparently operated for many years with poor care and possible abuse of its residents, was closed due to substandard conditions.”

New Beginnings Minister Joe Donalson said that while the bones of the structure were good, there were extensive repairs to be made before opening the facility’s doors.

“We are looking an approximate two-year project to get the facility renovated and repaired.  It is steel-structure frame which is good, but there is a lot of cosmetic repairs that need to be made. I suspect it will take us three months to get the place cleaned up before repairs can start.”

Donalson said that the facility had water leaks and draining problems, extensive painting would be needed, tile work, possible plumbing problems, hallway repair and cosmetic issues.

“Considering the building was built in 1974, it has to be one of the best buildings we’ve seen from that time. The steel frame is in great shape, so that is a plus. It seems that someone had done some landscaping which led to leaks underneath the foundation, but we will get that fixed. Right now, we are focused on cleaning up the property. A lot of cosmetic issues need to be resolved, but no major renovations are required,” said Donalson.

Donalson said that the acquisition of the property is to be the church’s largest project yet, and that the property was acquired in late September.  

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