The Henderson City Council approved a controversial senior facility Tuesday after the developer agreed to scale down the project.
Las Vegas architect Howard Perlman, who also designed The District at Green Valley Ranch, plans to build Carnegie Senior Living, an assisted-living and skilled-nursing facility, at 525 Carnegie St.
“We feel that we have a great project,” Perlman told the council. “We’re enthusiastic.”
The Henderson Planning Commission voted 3-2 in favor of the project in June despite a city staff report that recommended denial.
The staff report described the project’s proposed height and density as “too intense for this site.”
Before the matter came before the City Council on Aug. 6, the developer had agreed to decrease the number of beds in the four-story facility from 221 to 194, and city staff had recommended approval.
Nevertheless, the council heard from several people who expressed concerns about the facility’s potential effects on traffic, parking and property values in the area. The council decided to delay the vote.
“I still have a lot of unanswered questions,” Councilman Sam Bateman said at the time.
Bateman represents the area where Perlman plans to build the facility and lives down the street from the proposed project.
Before Tuesday’s meeting, the developer agreed to reduce the number of beds to 170. The developer also agreed to reduce the height of most of the building to three stories.
Bateman said he was satisfied with the reductions. Perlman also promised to help improve Carnegie Street, which narrows to one lane north of Horizon Ridge and often experiences heavy traffic.
“I’m pretty confident it’s going to be a good project at this point,” Bateman said.
FIRE TRUCK PURCHASE APPROVED
Also Tuesday, the council approved the purchase of a pumper fire truck at a cost of up to $643,000.
According to background included with the agenda item, the city has one pumper fire truck that has exceeded its “normal economic life expectancy,” and the vehicle “has additional down time due to breakdowns and repairs.”
The truck will replace the old one and will be purchased from Rosenbauer Minnesota LLC in Wyoming, Minn.
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