New plan includes retirement center

December 03, 2002|by TARA REILLY

WASHINGTON COUNTY - The developer who wants to construct 267 residential units in the Marsh Pike area now plans to build a retirement living center instead of a commercial area at the site along with the homes, a change made as a result of a decision by the Washington County Planning Commission in June.

Developer Paul Crampton originally proposed building 265 residential units on the 97-acre site and a commercial development on 8.3 of those acres north of the intersection of Leitersburg and Marsh pikes.

The Planning Commission recommended at a June 3 meeting that the Washington County Commissioners approve the development, called Emerald Pointe, but reject plans for the commercial development, because Planning Commission members didn't think it would benefit the county.


The retirement center would replace the commercial development under the revised plan.

Planning Commission members discussed the revised plan at a Monday meeting.

Ex-officio Planning Commission member Bert Iseminger called the revision a good plan.

"It's much improved over the first one," Iseminger said.

Crampton said the center would consist of one- or two-bedroom apartments geared toward people who cannot physically maintain their homes and yard areas, according to planning documents.

The center would contain one-story cottages similar to Homewood Retirement Center, Senior Planner Lisa Kelly Pietro said.

Crampton said Monday night he doesn't yet know how many residents would live in the retirement center.

He said he's considering building small shops, such as a coffee shop, deli or dry cleaning service that would be accessible to the retirement community.

The center would not be an assisted living facility, but an on-call nurse would be available, planning documents state.

The retirement center would provide a full-service kitchen, giving residents the option of cooked meals. It also would have a large living room, a computer room and activity areas, planning documents state.

Crampton is seeking a Planned Urban Development (PUD) zoning designation for the project.

A PUD allows higher-density development on property than would be allowed under a property's existing zoning. The land is currently zoned agricultural.

The proposed development would have 89 duplexes, 86 single-family homes and 92 townhouses, Pietro said before the meeting.

The single-family homes would be near the single-family homes in the Foxleigh Meadows development. Crampton's original application called for townhouses to be built near Foxleigh Meadows.

At a March public hearing, 37 people spoke out against the original proposal, stating it would increase traffic, overcrowd the local elementary school and change the character of the neighborhood, which is predominantly single-family homes.

The Washington County Commissioners and the Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the proposed development on Jan. 13.

Public hearing

  • What: Washington County Commissioners/Washington County Planning Commission joint public hearing on the revised plan for the Emerald Pointe development in the Marsh Pike area.

  • When: Monday, Jan. 13, at 7 p.m.

  • Where: Washington County Courthouse, Courtroom 1.
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