Plans for 200-unit senior living center in Liberty Twp. move forward

Facility will be next to Lakota East Freshman School.

Credit: Nick Graham

Credit: Nick Graham

Lakota East Freshman School’s campus is a step closer to having a new residential neighbor as township trustees approved preliminary zoning plans for a 200-unit senior living facility development next door.

The Liberty Twp. trustees recently voted unanimously to approve a zoning change in about eight acres of land immediately west of the school’s campus at 7630 Bethany Road. The land for the proposed senior residential facility, which now includes some abandoned homes, would also stretch north along the school’s western border.

“It’s a good thing,” said Liberty Twp. Trustee Todd Minniear. “We need more space for our aging citizens and … for people who have aging parents who want a place near by for them.”

The planned development is of a type well-suited to be on an adjacent property to a busy school campus because its not like an apartment or condominium community where residents and their related traffic and other activities are at a quicker pace, said Minniear.

“I normally wouldn’t like high-density housing pretty much anywhere but with this it puts no pressure on schools because you are also not adding population (school-age children) to the schools. And it’s a minimal impact on roads.”

Moreover, said Minniear, the proposed facility would have some on-site medical assistance staff and resources, reliving the township’s fire and EMS squads from responding to all calls concerning the aging residents.

“They will be handling the majority of the (medical) needs themselves without the need to calling 911.”

The institutional care facility was approved for the zoning change with 100 independent living units and 100 assisted living/memory care units.

If built, the facility would provide about 100 jobs.

No dates for the trustees’ next and final approval vote were provided.

The planned four story, residential facility buildings would include a community café, fitness center, library and chapel with a parking lot closest to Bethany Road. The project has been previously approved by Butler County officials.

Township officials were not available Wednesday to provide more details on the proposed project sought by Virginia-based, senior residential firm Smith/Packett.

The proposed senior facility is the latest residential housing in Liberty Twp.’s south-eastern portion, which also is the location for the community’s largest mixed-use Liberty Center development and the 88-acre, mixed-use Freedom Pointe project anchored by the recently opened Costco and its surrounding projects now under construction.

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