Shut down care home purchased


Staff Writer

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Hickory-based Affinity Living Group, operators of more than 140 facilities in six states, has purchased the former Open Fields Nursing Home at 3210 Western Blvd. in Tarboro.

Affinity, which operates 13 facilities in eastern North Carolina, closed on the purchase of the property on Aug. 12, filing the documents as Tarboro Propco LLC. Based on the taxes, the sales price was $2 million.

A spokesman for Affinity said the company’s new Tarboro facility would be a 64-bed assisted living facility and that an extensive remodeling of the building was planned. As of Wednesday afternoon, there was no sign of workers at the site.

According to Affinity’s website, the company is the largest senior housing provider in the southeastern United States. The site says the company’s mission is to provide a full continuum of housing and care services for older adults, delivered by a team of passionate and respectful professionals.

On its site, Affinity writes, “We strive daily to create the best life for all we serve.”

The Open Fields facility, which was owned and operated by Kinston-based Principle Long-Term Care, had its license revoked by the state following the April 2018 murder of a resident by another resident, who was a registered sex offender.

The state Department of Health and Human Services said Open Fields failed to comply with general statutes. The license was fully revoked in August 2018.

“This is really good news,” said Tarboro’s Tina Parker, commercial development and main street coordinator for the town. “While it is good to know that an empty building is going to be placed back into service, it’s better to know that in so doing, people will be coming to Tarboro to visit their loved ones and our community will gain more exposure and business.”

Parker said the addition of the Affinity facility also is beneficial to the community.

Affinity operates facilities in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. It is the seventh largest provider of assisted living and the fourth largest provider of Alzheimer’s and memory care in the United States.

Affinity operates facilities in Ahoskie, Columbia, Edenton, Gaston, Gatesville, two in Goldsboro, Rich Square, Rocky Mount, Scotland Neck, Williamson, Wilson and Windsor.

According to tax records, the nursing home, which was built in 1981, is 41,509 square feet. The overall property is 5.26 acres and is on the tax rolls at $2,000,527.