Attention has been paid to the city’s downtown development, but some developers are more interested in the city’s eastern side.
City officials announced at Tuesday’s council meeting a group has expressed interest in building a Villas of Hollybrook Alzheimer's and dementia assisted care living facility on the north side of Route 18, across from the Central Church of Christ.
The 37-acre tract would be owned by Phillips Investments doing business as Unique Homes, and while only 10 acres would be needed for the living care facility, the developer is in contact with other potential developers for the additional 26 northern acres.
Council documents from the developer state a new tax increment financing district would be required for the $9 million project.
"It’s a valuable tract of land and with TIF I think that opens up a lot of possibilities that some of the developers saw and this particular developer is well networked with them so we’re hoping to use that to the city’s advantage,” said City Manager Scot Wrighton.
Council documents state the business requires the TIF funds to make the “financial gap” from initial opening to the acceptance of residents to a breakeven point.
City Councilman Joe Scarbeary asked if the other developers were interested in land for residential uses. Wrighton said the project is in early negotiations, but noted one of the potential developers would not be residential and the other one would be.
The new facility would bring 50 new jobs with the potential of more if the additional acreage is developed.
Rezoning and an annexation agreement are just some of the tasks that will come before the council prior to creating a new TIF district. Currently, the location is used for farmland and is zoned as agricultural.
Documents from the investment group to the council detail a 68,000 square foot facility offering independent living, assisted living and memory care.
The 50,000 square foot living facility would include a 50-unit assisted living campus with cafe, spa, theatre, four season room, activity room and a landscaped courtyard. The one-story facility would feature 43 one-bedroom units at 560 square feet each plus seven two-bedroom and two-bedroom deluxe apartments from 833 to 1,105 square feet each along with common areas for family gatherings, private dining, social areas and a wellness center.
The 18,000 square foot Reflections Memory Care area will have 24 suites from 328 to 464 square feet, including private bathrooms, and will offer individualized healthcare plans.
This secured area would include activity stations, outdoor walking paths and sensory gardens.
The staff would offer stimulation therapy, art therapy, music therapy, exercise and more.
They would also feature a minimum of 65 parking spaces, including ADA designated spots.
The rezoning of the facility was recommended by the Plan Commission at Tuesday night’s meeting. Their recommendation of rezoning will then go before the City Council Wednesday, April 18, when the council formally begins the process of creating a new TIF district