The owners of the Park Place Retirement Community in the Spokane Valley plan to expand the complex to include facilities for elderly people who need intensive care.
The expansion on just more than 4-1/2 acres would add two new buildings at Park Place, S511 Park Road.
One of the buildings would contain 60 apartments for people who need extra help in their day-to-day lives, said Dee McGonigle, project manager.
An attendant would be on call 24 hours per day to help residents in the three-story building with such chores as bathing, getting dressed, taking their medicine and feeding themselves, McGonigle said.
The second building would house 30 beds for people who need constant care and attention, such as Alzheimer’s patients and stroke victims, he said.
There will be parking for 52 additional cars.
The current facility, which was formerly a sanitarium that had fallen into disrepair, opened in October 1992 and houses 117 apartments for independent retired people.
The concept behind the expansion is to give those people a convenient place to move when they need more assistance, McGonigle said.
“The whole idea is to allow people to age in place, to minimize their moves, which are hard on the families,” he said.
The expansion also is needed to help the current facility to remain viable, McGonigle said.
“This is necessary for us to remain competitive in the market,” he said.
McGonigle and other Park Place officials will pitch the proposal to the county hearing examiner committee on Jan. 26. The meeting begins at 9 a.m. in the county’s public works building, W1026 Broadway.
The committee makes decisions on land-use proposals in the unincorporated areas of the county. Neighbors who wish to comment on the proposal are welcome to attend.
McGonigle said he hopes there’s no resistance his proposal.
“I just hope they remember that we took an eyesore, a public nuisance, a dilapidated old building and spent a lot of money to upgrade it and upgrade their neighborhood.”
Two other Valley proposals - one for a new bingo hall and the other for a small residential development - also are on the Jan. 26 agenda.
Developer John Peterson has asked the county for permission to build a 12,800-square foot building on 1.6 acres between Argonne and Mullan roads. A bingo hall would occupy about 8,000 square feet of the building, according to plans filed with the county. The remaining space would be leased to retailers.
In order to move forward with the project, Peterson needs a zoning change on the land, which is just south of Broadway Avenue.
The current zoning is urban residential 7, which allows for duplexes and similar housing. Peterson has requested that it be changed to regional business 3.
Developer Wes Crosby wants permission to subdivide a parcel of land between Baldwin and Indiana avenues into three lots.
The parcel, which is less than an acre, is just west of Vista Road and is currently zoned for residential uses.
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