By Kevin Kelley
Lutheran Home at Concord Reserve is hoping to build a three-story apartment complex at its Dover Center Road campus.
In a Nov. 1 letter to the city, Greg Wiechert, Concord Reserve’s director of development, requested a conditional use permit for the senior independent living building.
“The addition of this service will provide for full continuum of care for independent living, assisted living, memory support assisted living, short-term physical therapy rehabilitation to long-term nursing care,” Wiechert wrote, referring to other senior health services already provided at the site.
Concord Reserve has enough space on its property for the senior apartment building without having to remove any trees, Wiechert added.
The addition would be approximately 70,000 to 80,000 square feet and include a one-floor wellness-community center for all Concord Reserve residents.
Under Westlake’s zoning codes, the independent living facility is an accepted use for the property, which is zoned residential multifamily, but requires a conditional use permit to be obtained.
The request for a conditional use permit was discussed at a Dec. 4 meeting of Westlake City Council’s Planning, Zoning and Legislative Committee. At the meeting, Wiechert noted that Concord Reserve is applying for state tax credits for the project. Because the application for those tax credits is early February, he said Concord Reserve is seeking a timely approval of the conditional use permit. Council members noted there is adequate time for the approval process to be completed by early February.
An ordinance that would grant Concord Reserve’s request for a conditional use permit was introduced at council’s Dec. 5 meeting and referred to the city’s planning commission for consideration.
Concord Reserve is planning a public information session on its apartment complex plans at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 4 at its campus, Wiechert told West Life.
Concord Reserve was established as The Lutheran Home for the Aged in 1932.