New Our Island Home

The path to a potential new Our Island Home began as early as 2007. An overview of efforts and all related documents to date can be found here.

More recently, efforts have been underway to review and understand what could be done at OIH's current location of East Creek Road.

How did we get here? 
At the April 2015 Annual Town Meeting the Town sought authorization for funding to design a new facility. Multiple sites were identified and SMRT Architects were engaged to conduct a feasibility study. A great amount of work and review was done by Town consultants (SMRT, SK Advisors, and Rabig Consultants) as well as a second OIH Workgroup (the first being in 2013) and a Building Committee; both formed in December 2016. This work resulted in 4 Select Board sponsored articles at the April 2017 Annual Town Meeting to authorize appropriation for design and construction cost, property acquisition and related sewer and zoning changes that would be required to build a new facility adjacent to Sherburne Commons off Miacomet Road. These articles were not approved at Town meeting with some citing concern that the current location needed a more in-depth review.

In November 2017, the Select Board directed to have Town Administration to start searching for a firm to make recommendation's on operating options, cost estimates, demographics and to determine the feasibility of building a new facility at the current location. An operation review began in May 2018 with CliftonLarsonAllen and later a second architectural/engineering feasibility study began with LWDA Design Architect & Planning to focus on what would be required to replace the current facility on its existing site and remain at East Creek Road. LWDA presented its findings to the Select Board on September 11, 2019. The two studies do not represent a commitment to fund, design and build a new facility on East Creek; rather, they provide information on the issues involved in undertaking such a challenge. This information will be utilized to make an informed decision on how to best proceed with OIH.

At the September 11th, 2019 Board meeting, it was noted that the plans and studies are conceptual and if the project moves forward then input will be taken from Stakeholders and the public. An internal group was organized to start planning efforts for OIH and a facilitator was engaged to help determine consideration factors including facts vs assumptions; core community values; options and possibilities – with associated strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (a so-called SWOT analysis); and, a plan to obtain public input. As a result, six facilitated discussions were held between July and September 2020. One with internal Town of Nantucket staff and the remaining with key Stakeholders; including OIH residents, family, staff members and senior service providers on the island. On October 14, 2020 a review of these stakeholder forums was presented to the Select Board. Additional facilitated discussion with stakeholder groups, community members, neighbors of the proposed locations and the general public were held in January through April 2021. A final report of all stakeholder meetings was held on May 26, 2021. At its meeting on August 18, 2021, the Select Board voted to proceed with planning a new OIH facility at Sherburne Commons; to seek design funding at the 2022 Annual Town Meeting; to concurrently seek feasibility study funding for recollecting the Senior Center to the current OIH site at East Creek Road. To assist with these efforts, Brenda Johnson was hired as a Public Relations/Project Coordinator beginning October 1, 2021.

To access to past documents regarding the Our Island Home Proposed New Facility, visit the Town of Nantucket Archives Page.