By ERIC TICHY
Special to the OBSERVER
MAYVILLE - Interest in the Chautauqua County Home apparently remains high.
Chautauqua County Executive Greg Edwards confirmed Wednesday that a $16.5 million offer for the Dunkirk skilled nursing facility has been made. The county officially received the bid on Monday.
The Legislature this evening will hear the introduction of Martin and Edward Farbenblum and Shanon Sayea. The three-person group toured the County Home this morning and will meet with lawmakers at 6:30 p.m. during their monthly voting session in Mayville.
Edwards said he was excited to see the offer, which he noted also met the requirements outlined for the purchase of the County Home.
"When this group expressed interest I was very encouraged," Edwards said today during a phone interview. "It wasn't until Monday that we received their official offer. They wanted to come here and let everyone know who they are and what they have done."
The county executive contacted Marcus and Millichap, the County Home's marketing group, and later talked to Legislature Chairman Jay Gould, R-Ashville, about the proposal.
Edwards said a special meeting of the legislature likely will be called in September to discuss the offer in depth.
The group currently interested in the County Home recently purchased a similar facility in Ulster County. The Golden Hill Health Care Center, a 280-bed facility, in Kingston was officially transferred to the group in June.
Edwards said he has been in contact with the county executive in Ulster County, and noted the sale and transfer there has been well-received.
"This is a very good sign for me," Edwards said. "They are well regarded and I've been told their latest acquisition went very well."
Steve Abdella, county attorney, currently is reviewing the group's offer.
Edwards noted the latest interest in the facility is not tied to Richard Platschek, whose offer on the County Home was taken off the table last week. Gould said a $1.65 million escrow payment required was not made.