2018-04-13 / Government / Neighborhood

Forest Acres City Council hears proposal by retirement/assisted living facility

By Cathy Cobbs

In another marathon meet ing by Forest Acres standards, the city council again listened to a proposal for a rezoning to a Planned Development District, this time for a retirement/assisted living facility called Tuscan Gardens.

During the public hearing, attorney Robert Fuller and developer Buddy Smith laid out the case for the proposed $ 50 million facility, which would be located in an area bordered by Sunnyside Drive, Orphanage Branch, Penn Branch, and Tanglewood Drive.

The development would include 40 independent living cottages, an assisted living facility, and a memory care unit. Of the 26 acres in the development, 60 percent will remain open space in perpetuity, according to Smith.

“We intend to deliver a best-in-class facility to Forest Acres,” said Smith. “Eighty percent of the assisted living residents typically pull from a five-to-seven-mile radius of their original residences. So we are building a facility that allows Forest Acres residents to remain in their community.”

Laura Baker of Cox and Dinkins said the facility would be constructed using “ low-impact development techniques, and said that all flood way and flood plain areas on the property would be protected.

However, residents in attendance at the public hearing objected to the “change in the nature of Forest Acres,” which is primarily residential.

Other residents expressed concerns about increased traffic on Sunnyside Drive. After the hearing, five residents stood in opposition, and five stood to represent their support. It was not clear when the proposed rezoning would come before council again.

In other news, Jack Oliver, who is Forest Acres representative on the TPAC board, said sidewalk construction is slated to begin on Harrison Drive within the next three months, and within the next six months on Percival Road.

The council also passed on second reading the annexation of a property into the city of Forest Acres located at 5838 Spring Court.

The city council adjourned to executive session at 7:18 p.m. In attendance were mayor Frank Brunson, Curtis Rye Jr., Ginger Dukes, Beau Powell, and Shell Suber.

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