A rezoning request in Bowling Green could result in a new senior care facility in the city.
A public hearing was set by the Bowling Green Planning Commission during its meeting Wednesday. The hearing is scheduled for the next commission meeting, March 4 at 7 p.m.
The rezoning request, for nearly 18.3 acres along the 600 block of South Dunbridge Road, was applied for by property owner Whitson Properties LLC and Bowling Green Healthcare Real Estate. The request is to rezone the property from A-1 Agricultural zoning to I-1 institutional zoning.
According to the application filed for the zoning change, “the rezone will allow for the development of a new senior care facility, including skilled nursing, assisted living, memory care and independent living, creating a considerable amount of new jobs to the city of Bowling Green.
“These new jobs bring new income and discretionary spending to the community,” the application continues, “and it promotes future supportive development along Dunbridge. New skilled jobs and commercial development along Dunbridge is consistent with the city goals and future land use within the comprehensive plan.”
An additional document from Avenue Development, describing the operating model for the Village Center Health Campus, stated that the facility would involve the new construction of a single-story and partial two-story facility.
It will be approximately 85,000 square feet and house 115 beds including 22 independent living units on the second floor, 54 licensed short-term and long-term beds for skilled nursing residents and 41 beds for assisted living residents. One of the (assisted living) hallways will be dedicated to memory care residents.
The layout of the facility will consist of five wings that will come off the main hallway, which will house the kitchen, laundry, offices and physical therapy as well as dining and recreational areas. The building is also designed to have a variety of outdoor spaces, including courtyards and covered porches.
In other business, on Wednesday the commission approved a slate of roadway resurfacing, water and sewer projects planned for this year.
“Really the goal of this is to make sure the planning commission knows what’s going on for construction projects,” said Planning Director Heather Sayler.
The roadway resurfacing projects include Thurstin Avenue from Poe Road to Ridge Street; Pike Avenue from North Enterprise to Thurstin; South Church Street from Pearl to Sand Ridge Road; the entire length of Flanders Avenue, Clay Street and Meeker Street; and East Gypsy Lane Road from Interstate 75 to Dunbridge Road.
The water projects include 20-inch transmission valve work at Haskins and Poe Road, Haskins and Cross Creek Road, Haskins and Ohio 582, and Haskins and King Road, and work on West Wooster Street from Church Street to Haskins Road.
The sewer projects include Maple Street sewer relining from Wooster to Pearl streets; Conneaut Park relining from Wallace to Conneaut avenues; abandonment of a 15-inch sewer on Ridge Street from Summit Street to Prospect Street; West Wooster Street relining and manhole replacement from Church Street to Haskins Road; and Country Club Drive sewer rehabilitation from near the city pool to Fairview Avenue.