SID Lawrence is the Albury and District Aged Care development’s No. 1 ticket holder.
The 76-year-old already has his spot booked in room No. 5 in the $15 million, 90-bed nursing home at Glenroy that will replace the Albury and District Nursing Home in David Street.
The former Culcairn resident cut the ribbon at the unveiling of the plans for the project yesterday.
Mr Lawrence has had to share a room since moving to the Albury and District Nursing Home four years ago.
In all the hoopla yesterday, it is the thought of having a room to himself that most excites Mr Lawrence.
“Well, you can do what you like and you don’t have to turn the TV down,” he said.
The thought is echoed by the executive director of Japara Holdings, the company that bought the new 1.7-hectare site on the corner of Logan and Burrows roads in 2009.
The large rooms are one of the most exciting parts of the development, Jerome Jordan said.
“It gives a resemblance of hotel-style accommodation,” Mr Jordan said.
Mr Jordan said social spaces have also been increased with lounges and dining rooms giving residents the ability to interact without being restricted.
“However, coming from a building that’s stood the test of time and is now going to morph into the new era, it’s a wonderful thing,” he said.
Albury councillor Kevin Mack said the development would provide state-of-the-art care for generations to come.
“This new facility actually provides for other generations,” Cr Mack said.
The development is expected to be completed by early next year.