Wednesday, June 19, 2013

New senior facility planned for Hailey

34-bed residential care facility scheduled for design review

    The Wood River Valley may soon have more options for senior care than was expected.
    The Cottages senior care company, based in Eagle, Idaho, is hoping to move forward with plans for a 34-bed residential care facility on Main Street at the north end of town across from Albertson’s grocery store.
    The plan would have to be approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission before a building permit could be issued.
    This facility would be built in addition to Safe Haven Health Care’s plans to build an 80-bed assisted-living and skilled-nursing facility in Bellevue by next fall. Safe Haven’s facility will replace Blaine Manor, the skilled-nursing facility operated by Blaine County at the south end of town.
    Hailey Community Development Director Micah Austin said in an interview that The Cottages CEO Garold Maxfield contacted the city about seven months ago to explore opportunities to build in Hailey. The company applied for design review with the Hailey P&Z last Friday.
    “This is an exciting development. I think it will be a good thing for Hailey and a good thing for the valley,” Austin said.    
    Under the proposed plan, two single-story 11,407-square-foot buildings would be built on the northeast corner of Main Street and McKercher Boulevard on about two acres in the Limited Residential zone.
    One of the two 14-bed buildingS would have independent living with assisted living services, including basic medical and certified nursing assistant care. A second 14-bed building would provide “memory care,” with skilled personnel on staff providing services for those with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
    On Monday night, the City Council discussed a proposed amendment to the city’s zoning ordinances to restrict residential care facilities, such as The Cottages’, to the residential and business zones, and as a conditional use in Light Industrial and Technological Industry zones.
    Residential care facilities will not be permitted in the Recreational Green Belt and Airport zones, nor in two Service Commercial Industrial zones.
    The council made plans Monday to vote on the proposed amendment at a City Council meeting Monday, July 1, at 5:30 p.m. at Hailey City Hall.
    The Planning and Zoning Commission will conduct a design review of architectural plans for the proposed buildings at a public meeting on Monday, July 8, at 6:30 p.m. at Hailey City Hall.

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