The Garner Town Council unanimously approved a site plan for an assisted living facility off Aversboro Road, despite one resident’s concerns that there is already too much traffic.
Joann Rey, a nine-year resident of Garner, said she moved from the north to Garner for the peacefulness of the neighborhoods. But in recent years, she said, she’s seen nothing but construction and a loss of habitat for wildlife.
“I ask for your thoughtful consideration,” she said. “I’m not opposed to development.”
Rey asked that the council be careful in deciding where and when they choose development.
“We don’t know the impact of the YMCA,” she said. “And we want to add something across the street that we don’t know of.
“And I would ask that as you go forward in this process, that you would put some real thought into all of this, not just from the residents, but all the other residents who live within that stretch of Aversboro leading into Buffaloe. There is a lot of home ownership in the whole area.”
Tony Tate, of Tony M. Tate Landscape Architecture, said he and others have met with the board at the Village at Aversboro to discuss the plans.
“We’ve always had great dialogue,” he said. “And we hope that the transparency we’ve shown will come through.”
The Town Council ultimately sided with the town staff and Planning Commission’s recommendation to approve the plan.
The assisted living facility will serve residents 75 and older, and seniors who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease.
The 5.4-acre tract is proposed to be on Minglewood Drive, off Aversboro Road, in front of the Village at Aversboro community.
The nearly 36,000-square-foot facility will have 84 beds and will be one story. The facility does not provide medical care. It does provide assistance with daily living activities, such as dining, dressing and medication management, Bob Steenson, vice president for development for Carillon Assisted Living, said. It also provides specialized programs and secured units for people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
He assured council members it will be a quiet use. He said of the 1,500 seniors that live in their communities around the state, he said he confirmed that only three have cars.
“So virtually none of the residents will drive,” Steenson said. “So really it’s only staff and visitors.”
Steenson said there are currently 3,582 senior citizens, ages 75 years and older, within a 5-mile radius of Garner. He said that number is expected to grow 23 percent over the next five years.
Carillon Assisted Living, which is based in Raleigh, currently has 20 assisted living home facilities throughout the state. One more is under construction. The assisted living facility also accepts state assistance from programs for lower income families or seniors who have outlived their assets.
The courtyard is surrounded by an eight-foot tall fence, with another gate. The perimeter openings also have alarms on them.
“I certainly agree that there is a need for this type of facility,” council member Ken Marshburn said. He said he’s visited one of Carillon’s facilities in Fuquay-Varina.
“The traffic is my main concern but I don’t believe this particular development will have a big or overall negative impact,” he said.