December 22, 2017

S. Windsor green-lights luxury retirement project

Rendering | Contributed
Rendering | Contributed

South Windsor has given the green light to a Nebraska builder-developer to erect a $30 million luxury retirement community on Buckland Road at Evergreen Walk.

Last week, the town's Planning & Zoning Commission awarded its first-ever special exception to Resort Lifestyle Communities and Cameron General Contractors of Lincoln, Neb., for the independent living project dubbed "Evergreen Crossing Retirement Community."

The town already has three assisted living facilities, but this community will be independent, said South Windsor Planning Director Michele Lipe. Evergreen Walk is a residential, commercial and retail community spanning more than 230 acres.

Town environmental planner Jeffrey Folger confirmed that the use for a senior independent living facility was added to the zoning regulations earlier this year, and that it is the first special exception granted under this provision.

The project will be built on eight acres and feature 128 rentable apartments of either one, two or three bedrooms, said Kelly Jo Hinrichs, the developer/builder's sales and marketing director.

The tenants' cost will cover not only the apartment but meals, parking, live-in managers and other amenities for those aged 55 or over, she said.

She estimated the total cost at $30 million.

The facility will be about 180,000 square feet, according to Dec. 12 P&Z minutes. Two accessory garages will be built to the rear of the property for parking, the minutes state.

Bob Lewis, the developer/builder's director of development, told the panel at public hearing that the company plans to break ground this spring and take 14 to 18 months to complete the project.

Leasing is month to month and a third party vendor will offer optional in-home health care, Lewis told the commission.

The Water Pollution Control Authority will be required to approve sewer service, Folger said.

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