McCandless Senior Living approved for construction
A new, 172-unit senior citizen residence in McCandless has been approved for construction by town council.
McCandless Senior Living will be located on a 10-acre parcel adjacent to LA Fitness in the McCandless Crossing shopping center on McKnight Road.
The four-story, 200,00-square-foot building will contain a mix of 80 independent living apartments, 60 assisted living units and 32 memory care rooms, said Bruce Betty, McCandless' planning and land use administrator.
The developer, CA Senior Living Holdings LLC of Chicago originally proposed a 100-unit rehabilitation facility on the site, Betty said.
“In anticipation of that project, a pad was constructed along with the stormwater management system and grading,” he said, noting the property's steeply sloped wooded area and wetlands will be preserved. CA must also submit a landscaping plan to enhance the aesthetics of the site.
The major concern about the project raised by town planners was parking, Betty said.
“Both the planning commission and zoning board felt that while the proposed number of parking spaces met our requirements it was insufficient,” he said. “So the developer agreed to add an additional 18 spaces to bring the total number of spots to 137.
Before town council voted unanimously to approve the project, Councilwoman Joan Powers raised concerns about the omission of handicapped parking spaces in the rear of the building to accommodate visitors, which prompted the developer to add two more accessible spaces in that location.