Southlake Council scrutinizes assisted living center proposal

08/19/2014 12:48 PM

08/19/2014 12:49 PM

A proposed assisted living and memory care center in Southlake has drawn some push-back from City Council members who are concerned the facility might be too much like an apartment complex.

When developers first approached City Council, members said they thought the concept was great, but it was in the wrong location. Council members thought moving the project to a site on Texas 114 would be better.

Developers for the HarborChase Assisted Living and Memory Care came back to City Council on Aug. 5 with a new location near Texas 114 and Highland Street.

But, that’s when new concerns arose.

Councilman Shahid Shafi asked questions about the property being used as an apartment complex.

“If it’s approved, they’ll have 122 units available for rent,” he said. “Legally, anyone can come in and rent it.”

Developers said in their experience, the only residents who did not need assisted living services were the spouses of residents who do.

“This is designed totally for assisted living and memory care,” developer Tom Dwyer, president of Sliverstone Healthcare Co., said. “It’s not designed for independent living.”

HarborChase will have 92 assisted living units and 30 memory care units on 13.8 acres along Texas 114. It will feature quality-of-life amenities such as a butterfly garden, dog park, trails and Wii bowling alley.

Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Brandon Bledsoe, who has championed the importance of assisted living, said Texas 114 is a great location and the developers are quality professionals.

“I’m sensing this apartment phobia,” he said.

Dwyer said there is an unmet demand for assisted living.

“In the Southlake environment you have a balance of people that live in Southlake, love Southlake and are in the 45-65 age range with aging parents,” he said. “Without having to get on a plane and get to them, the parent can come down and look at a very high-quality product.”

Councilman Gary Fawks, said he wanted to see more than a concept plan by second reading. Dwyer will present Council with a site plan on Sept. 16.

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