A long-awaited nursing home that has been proposed for Wirt County could be closer to completion, the project being stalled since last year.

Mike Miller of Coplin Health Services, one of the owners of the home, says some agreements still have to be finalized for the construction project, saying a recently-approved bill allowing private investors to operate the home and allowing Coplin to continue construction on the facility.

A number of Wirt citizens and groups have been working on the stalled project.

A prospective "for-profit" buyer has submitted a proposal to Coplin to purchase the building and open the nursing home.

A new petition is out to add the nursing home to the agenda at the special legislative session, which is to be held later this month.

"We're really hoping that it does move forward for-profit because not only will we still get the nursing home, but the county will get taxes and other things when a non-profit wouldn't generate that income," said Debbie Tanner Hennen, who is helping with the building of the nursing home.

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