Church eyes assisted living, child-care facilities

September 20, 2005|by DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Two ministers from a church along W.Va. 9 east of the city said Monday night they are considering building several facilities next to their property, including an assisted living center for elderly people, a child-care center, a medical center and a community center.

Ministers from the Oakland United Methodist Church told Charles Town City Council members they also want to build homes on between 40 acres and 60 acres and will use proceeds from the sale of the homes to build the facilities.

Church officials brought their plans to the city council because they want the land to be annexed into the city.

The church wants to annex the land into the city because it will be easier to develop the facilities under the city's land -use regulations rather than the county's laws, said pastor JoAnne Alexander.


City Council members voted to accept the annexation request and sent it to the city's planning commission for consideration. A vote on whether to approve the annexation would occur later by the council, said Mayor Peggy Smith.

The facilities would be built on 116 acres the church is attempting to purchase across from the Crosswinds subdivision.

Alexander told council members that the church decided to pursue the projects after considering needs in the community and how the church can work on those needs.

Alexander said the area has no assisted living facilities, where elderly people can live independently, but can receive some assistance.

Council members Geraldine Willingham and Randy Breeden agreed a need for such facilities exists.

"If we work together, we may be able to make some differences here," Alexander said.

Alexander said it is too early to say how many units the assisted living facility would have. Alexander also could not give details on the size of the other projects - such as the number of homes in the housing development - because they are in the early planning stages.

The child-care center would serve the community as well as the church, Alexander said.

Council members were supportive of the ideas, although council member Don Clendening said limited sewer service from the city could affect the start up of such a project. Council member Matt Ward asked church officials if they would consider a traffic study to determine what type of infrastructure might be needed in the area if the projects are built.

Church officials said they have discussed doing a traffic study.

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