City takes first step to increase senior housing

Council approves rezoning of 50 acres to accommodate new facility
Apr. 14, 2014 @ 10:10 PM

The first steps were taken Monday night for a proposed senior housing development to get off the ground in Henderson.

The Henderson City Council voted unanimously at its regular meeting to rezone about 10-acres of a roughly 50-acre land parcel off Vicksboro Road to a zoning category that allows more residential uses.

Andy Rosen, of Connelly Development, proposed a quadplex facility with 48 one- and two-bedroom units in 12 single-story buildings for seniors age 55 years old and older.

The firm has designed similar projects, including the Vance Commons complex for seniors off of Young Avenue in Henderson.

“It is a similar design and was very well received by the residents and by neighbors,” Rosen said of Vance Commons.

He referenced a market study indicating a need for senior housing in the community.

“There is a current need of 375 apartments for those age 55 or above,” he said. “Between 2013 and 2016, the senior market is going to grow by over 600 residents.”

Gene Matthews, who lives on Gun Club Road near the proposed development, spoke Monday night against the rezoning.

He said increased capacity from the development would overload the water intake at the Sandy Creek Pump Station.

“The neighborhood is not against development,” he said. “We need development, but it needs to be planned in consideration of the neighborhood and the environmental impact, not just today but in the future. The Sandy Creek Pump Station can not handle the sewage today.”

Matthews referred to the heavy rain on April 7 that caused untreated wastewater from the Sandy Creek Sewage Pumping Station to flood the Tar-Pamlico River Basin.

Henderson Water Reclamation Facility Director Tom Spain confirmed that 9,150 gallons of untreated wastewater overflowed because the inflow was greater than the pump station could handle.

“This is the creek that runs behind peoples homes,” he said.

Assistant city manager Frank Frazier responded the city is planning to use a $1.8 million grant to upgrade the pump station.

“It really will redo the whole station as far as the pumps and generator station,” Frazier said.

He said the renovations would be complete by next year, which is before construction on the proposed development is expected to end.

After about 15 minutes of discussion, council members agreed on the need for senior housing in Henderson.

They all voted yes to rezone the 10.5 acres from low-density residential to moderate-density residential.

The developer’s next move will be to meet with the Henderson Board of Adjustment to discuss technical details of the project.

 

Contact the writer at smansur@hendersondispatch.com.