October 16, 2013 at 7:19 AM
SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - A proposal to allow for an assisted living community on Terrill Road has been brought before the Scotch Plains Township Council. The development firm The Shelter Group presented its case before the council at its regular meeting on Tuesday evening.
The proposed facility is part of The Shelter Group’s “Brightview Senior Living” communities. There are already about 30 of these communities all around the East Coast in states such as Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Florida. Each community is built with the intention of being a quiet, residential neighborhood fully equipped to handle the needs of its citizens.
Split into three parts for its independent, assistance-needing, and Alzheimer’s care inhabitants, the facility is designed to “serve and to protect.” These communities have such amenities as housekeeping, nurses, clinics, theaters, dining halls, gyms, dance studios, and even a pub.
The proposed community would be constructed on the lot of what is currently Parker Gardens. Mayor Kevin Glover voiced his concern about whether the proposed facility would obstruct traffic near Terrill Middle School and if the emergency response times in the area would be lengthened due to being preoccupied with problems at the community. However, the group assured the council that traffic would not be affected and emergency response times would not be changed.
When questioned about job opportunities, the group promised about 150 full- and part-time jobs for the local and regional job market. However, these jobs are a long way off, with the estimated date of completion at around 2017.
“We see a significant demand for these types of services as the senior population keeps growing,” said David Holland, a representative for The Shelter Group to the council. “We are a vibrant people creating a vibrant community.”
While the township council has yet to make a decision on the proposal, the prospects are looking good for The Shelter Group with all council members seemingly pleased with the plan.