Health & Wellness

Discussion on Changing Zone to Allow Senior Assisted Living Facility Postponed Until July 24

Credits: By Linda Sadlouskos

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ A discussion on whether to change the zoning on a 9.66-acre commercial property off Mount Airy Road to a zone that could allow a assisted senior living facility to be built there was delayed by the Township Committee on Tuesday night.

Further consideration of a Massachusetts developer's proposal to build 94 residential units _ including 67 units of assisted living housing and 27 units for residents who need memory care _ was postponed after two of five Township Committee members were absent, one unexpectedly.

Discussion rescheduled for July 24

Sign Up for E-News

The discussion, and a proposal to rezone the property off Old Meeker Road, has been rescheduled for the July 24 meeting, officials said. The tract is approximately across from the Visiting Nurse Association of the Somerset Hills on Mount Airy Road.

On Tuesday, Township Mayor John Carpenter said that the developer, LCB Senior Living, would be able file an application for construction of the facility with or without a zoning change.

However, if the Township Committee declines to revise the zoning, the mayor said that the developer would have to seek a zoning variance from the township as well as presenting the plan.

Changing the zone would not necessarily mean that the proposal would be approved by the Planning Board.

In previous correspondence, LCB Senior Living said it is under contract to buy the property with the intent to build another senior living center similar to those it has constructed in multiple states. The plan had been presented in concept at a Township Committee meeting in May.

If built, 10 percent of the housing units to be set aside for lower-income residents, which would help satisfy the township's state-ordered affordable housing obligation, according to an overview for the proposed senior citizen housing posted in May on the Bernards Township website.

Bernards Township Administrator Pat Monaco confirmed in an email on Wednesday that LCB Senior Living has proposed setting aside 10 percent of the living units as affordable housing. He added, "I believe that component is negotiable to some extent."

In May, Township Committee members said they would like to hear more about the proposal. At that time, Township Committeewoman Carol Bianchi said she would like to know more about the proposal but also cautioned, "They would need to give us a lot of information." She said she would have questions about such issues as what impact the project would have on local emergency services.

The July 24 Township Committee meeting is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. at town hall at 1 Collyer Lane in Basking Ridge.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

Basking Ridge

Bedminster Woman Dies From Injuries After Being Struck by Car at Bridgewater Mall Parking Lot

July 12, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A Bedminster woman has died from her injuries after being struck by a car in the parking lot of the Bridgewater Commons Mall on Monday.

Marion Kelley, 62, was struck by a vehicle while walking in Lot 4 near the Macy's merchandise pick up area at around 3:20 p.m. Monday.

The 2017 Mazda was driven by Chinmayi Parikh, 33, of Piscataway.

The crash is still being ...

Upcoming Events

Sat, July 21, 9:00 AM

The Wayrick Gallery, Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, Bernardsville

NJ Audubon: NJ Audubon Photography Instructors’ ...

Arts & Entertainment Green

Sun, July 22, 9:00 AM

The Wayrick Gallery, Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, Bernardsville

NJ Audubon: NJ Audubon Photography Instructors’ ...

Arts & Entertainment Green

Basking Ridge Resident Cycles Toward $52 Million Goal in the 2018 Pan-Mass Challenge

July 19, 2018

Local man will ride to fundraise for live-saving cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

NEEDHAM, MA – On Aug. 4 and 5, Jim Morris of Basking Ridge will cycle up to 192 miles in the Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) with the goal of topping last year’s record-breaking gift and raising $52 million for critical cancer research and patient care at ...

Avoiding 10% Tax Penalty

Do you want access to money from your retirement accounts but aren't sure of the real costs involved?

Most retirement accounts have a set age requirement you must reach before making penalty-free income distributions, which is usually 59.5 but can sometimes be as early as age 50. If you decide to access your accounts earlier, you could face penalties ranging from 10%-25%, which is not ...