Retirement community may get addition

MATTHEWS – Elderly residents living in the Plantation Estates retirement community could soon have access to a new medical facility right on their own campus.

The Matthews Board of Commissioners recently had its first chance to hear from the public about a requested zoning change that would allow new additions to the Plantation Estates retirement community. Officials with Adult Communities Adult Services, Inc., would like to add a new skilled nursing facility for residents of Plantation Estates, which currently is proposed to be built across Fullwood Lane in the planned Village at Plantation Estates community. In addition, the proposal includes up to 49 new independent living units and small additions to the current structure, which was originally built in 1988. In addition to the nursing building, a new driveway would provide access to Fullwood Lane.

The new skilled nursing building would back up to several homes on Demaree Lane in the Hampton Green neighborhood. Residents in Hampton Green initially were concerned about a proposed driveway going to the back of the nursing facility that could bring traffic noise and lights that would disturb neighbors. But developers opted to leave the back of the facility clear with sidewalks instead of driveways, and parking on both left and right sides of the facility in addition to the front.

The site also will include dedicated greenway access for Matthews, although town staff and developers are still looking at possible routes for the greenway since the site includes a pinch point that may not provide enough space for a greenway.

Current Plantation Estates neighbors spoke in favor of the changes on Feb. 10, stating though construction would be a disruption, they preferred to have the medical facility on their campus as opposed to across the street for more convenience for those who don’t drive.

“It was promised to us by our corporation by a new medical facility – this I can tell you – we need it badly,” one resident, whose wife previously spent time in the current medical facility, said. “We would rather have it on our footprint… It would allow residents wanting to see their spouses and friends the ability to visit them without having to get in the car. For people our age, having to get out, get in the car and going across the street – that’s a long way.”

The application likely will come back before the board of commissioners for a vote March 10.


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