Henderson to consider Alzheimer’s facility proposal

The Henderson City Council is set to hold a public hearing at its Tuesday meeting to discuss a proposed assisted group living facility in a rural southeast neighborhood.

On Dec. 12, the Planning Commission denied a conditional use permit and design review for the proposed facility, which would sit at the northwest corner of College Drive and Patti Ann Woods Drive, across from Mission Hills Park.

Commissioners rejected the project after concluding that the proposed use was not compatible with the neighborhood.

City Manager Jacob Snow agreed with the decision.

“I don’t think it’s a good mix,” Snow told the Review-Journal. He described the neighborhood as “fairly quiet” with custom homes on large lots.

The proposed single-story, 9,940-square-foot facility would include 14 bedrooms for Alzheimer’s patients.

In Daniel Boucher’s written appeal of the Planning Commission’s decision, he indicated he wants to show that the project, named Vivaldi Residences, is a fitting addition to the rural neighborhood.

Boucher told the Review-Journal that he and his wife, Carmen, developed “the Vivaldi approach” before founding the original Vivaldi Residences in Quebec.

“It’s re-creating a home-like environment for people with Alzheimer’s,” he said.

The Canadian couple sold the Quebec facility about a year ago and moved to Henderson.

Boucher said city staff recommended approval of the Henderson project before it went to the Planning Commission. He said he was surprised by neighborhood opposition.

The facility would sit on 2 acres and look like a “beautiful” custom home — not an institution, he said.

“It’s a humane way of caring for our elders,” Boucher said.

Councilwoman Gerri Schroder, who represents the area, said she has listened to both sides, and “it doesn’t sound like the neighbors are in support of this.”

“I’m waiting for the public meeting before I make any kind of decision on where I stand on anything,” she said Friday.

Also on Tuesday’s council meeting agenda are requests for zone changes that would permit construction of two single-family subdivisions on Patti Ann Woods Drive.

The applicant, D.R. Horton, needs the zone changes because the home builder is seeking waivers that would allow it to reduce the required minimum lot size of 40,000 square feet to about 34,100 square feet. The zoning classification would remain low-density residential.

For one subdivision, the applicant proposes to develop 15 lots on 15 acres on both sides of Patti Ann Woods Drive, about 1,600 feet west of College Drive. For the other, the applicant proposes to develop five lots on 5 acres on the south side of Patti Ann Woods Drive, about 1,280 feet west of College Drive.

The Planning Commission approved both requests at its Jan. 16 meeting. Both items appear on the City Council’s consent agenda, which typically is approved without discussion.

Contact reporter Carri Geer Thevenot at cgeer@reviewjournal.com or 702-384-8710. Follow @CarriGeer on Twitter.


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