Site Plan For Proposed Assisted Living Facility Presented

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A conceptual site plan for a new assisted living facility in Cannon County was presented to the Woodbury Planning Commission at its regular monthly meeting Tuesday night.

The plans were presented by Ronnie Nichols, who is seeking approval to construct the facility on an area of land along Masey Drive near where it intersects with Old Murfreesboro Road.

Nichols said plans for the facility include five buildings which would be independent living homes or condominiums. Each building would consist of two units.

The main facility being proposed is a 16,000-square foot building which would contain 52 units for assisted living quarters, Nichols said.

While planners said there may be some issues with approving the facility with respect to zoning and whether or not it is in an area designated as a floodplain, they did not see them as obstacles which could not be overcome.

Woodbury Mayor Harold Patrick pledged the town's support for the proposed facility.

"We feel like it is needed here and we will do everything we can to support you," Patrick told Nichols.

In other business Tuesday, the commission:

• Voted to re-elect James Barrett as chairman and Dottie Duggin as secretary. Vice Chairman Walter Alexander was absent from the meeting due to illness and a vote on that position was delayed until a future meeting.

• Discussed the variance time table for the gravel parking lot for the Woodbury Nursing Center. The variance is scheduled to expire in a few months.

Mayor Patrick said the owners of the nursing center have said they are prepared to pave the lot. However, the town wants an engineering firm to study the situation because paving of the lot may cause flooding problems for businesses on Cannon Street.

• Discussed parking issues around the Woodbury Town Square and also advertising structures on the square. Staff representative Charles Brown gave Mayor Patrick a packet of material he had compiled on how other cities and towns deal with similar situations, and Patrick said he would review them and present possible options at the next meeting of the town council in June.
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