Seniors will soon have another choice when it comes to housing. The Waxahachie City Council members approved the zoning for the Garden Valley Senior Living facility during their Oct. 21 meeting. The complex is set to be built at the southwest corner of Garden Valley Parkway and Goodnight Lane.
Dallas Cothrum, Masterplan Texas Land Use Consultants CEO, addressed the council about the proposed project. He said the community is supportive of the project and noted what it will bring to the area.
“We have had three community meetings,” Cothrum said. “People wanted to know what we were doing and, as soon as they found out that we were not doing traditional multi-family homes, they had a big sigh of relief.
“People who were at the meetings were very supportive that there is no impact from schools in terms of children but a significantly good impact on the tax base,” he said. “It allows your seniors to stay in the community or for those who want to move here and be close to their grandkids.”
The age 55 and up development features 175 units in one- and three-story buildings that will feature one-bedroom units at 650 square feet and two-bedroom units at 980 square feet. Rent on a one-bedroom unit is anticipated to be $1,100 a month, with a two-bedroom unit at $1,600 a month.
Property amenities will include a fitness center, community/activity room, activity coordinator, resident dining facility, library, theater, dog spa, bocce court, pool and shuttle transportation.
The senior living facility also looks to provide residents with some on-site health care services. Five percent of the facility’s floor space could potentially be used for a rehab room, physical therapy, skilled nursing or separate rooms for these functions, he said, noting it could feature from two to four beds and allow for a resident to recuperate after having a hip or knee replacement done. Health care services operating out of a senior living facility are not uncommon, he said.
“This happens all the time at facilities,” Cothrum said. “It is just where the tenant hires the home healthcare workers. It is really not any different from what is already going on. We would just like to be able to provide those services. There is a real market here is for this.”
According to documents submitted to the city, the project’s construction is anticipated to be a single phase that commences about one year from zoning approval. Once under way, construction is expected to take about 18 months to complete.
For more information about the project, contact staff at Waxahachie City Hall at 469-309-4000 or visit the city’s website at www.waxahachie.com.