Council approves senior living development plan

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By Andrea Cordle
Southwest Editor

A new senior housing facility will be built in Grove City.

At the Oct. 1 meeting, Grove City Council approved the development plan for Homestead Senior Living, which will be located east of Hoover Road and south of Orders Road near the Grove City Church of the Nazarene.

According to Jennifer Cooper, from Homestead America, the senior living facility would include 134 one- and two-bedroom units in a single three-story building. She said there will be approximately 150 tenants and 157 parking spaces.
Kim Shields, with the city’s development department, said when the initial development plan came before the city, there were some issues with the proposal. She said the city took issue with the lack of open space for the project and had concerns about the architecture and entrance features.

According to Shields, the development department has met with representatives for the project and worked to address the issues.

“We are now comfortable proceeding with the application,” said Shields.

Not all council members were comfortable with the development plan.

Councilman Ted Berry said he does not believe there is enough open space and the unit is too big for the parcel of land.

“There are too many things wrong with it for me to support it,” said Berry. “It does not fit in the area. It is out of place.”

Berry voted against the development plan, but the remaining council members approved it.

Rebecca Mott, an attorney with the Plank Law Firm, said the developer has worked with the city to revise the plan. She said they have modified the architecture, revised the entrance way and she believes the plan provides adequate open space.

Berry also cited increased traffic along an already busy Hoover Road as another strike against the project.

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