BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Township Committee members are willing to look at a proposal to build 94 units of assisted living housing for senior citizens on 9.66 acres off Mount Airy Road _ but they added there are many questions to be answered before they would consider support for such a project.
During a discussion at Tuesday's meeting, committee members were in agreement that the developer LCB Senior Living of Massachusetts, would be welcome to come to a meeting and provide more details about the plan.
"I have no problem with them giving a public presentation so everyone knows what is going on," said Township Committeeman James Baldassare.
A submitted conceptual plan for 94 units of senior citizen housing _ including 67 units of assisted living housing and 27 units for residents who need memory care _ was already posted on a link through Tuesday's agenda for the meeting.
Such a project would be "tax positive" for the township, "and there is a need," noted Mayor John Carpenter.
However, 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.
Nevertheless, Bianchi also noted that the zoning for the property now allows medical offices, so placing an assisted living facility on the property "is not such a stretch."
However, the developer's correspondence to the township requested a change in the zoning to allow the project to be built. LCB Senior Living said it is under contract to buy the property, which is located off Old Meeker Road approximately across Mount Airy Road from the Visiting Nurse Association.
Township Committeewoman Carolyn Gaziano said she would like to listen to the developers, including what the advantage such housing could provide.
In the correspondence to the township, the developer specified that 10 percent of the units would qualify as state-required affordable housing units.