VALPARAISO | The city's Park Board agreed to cut its impact fee in half for the developer of the senior care campus planned at the intersection of Silhavy and Vale Park roads in Valparaiso.
Paul E. Turner, chief executive officer for the Mainstreet Property Group, wrote requesting the reduction because the development will be "a social-based campus model" with living facilities for skilled nursing, assisted living and memory care patients. A second phase eventually will provide independent living facilities.
"This new facility would feature larger, private rooms, in-room private showers and restaurant style dining," Turner said in his request. "Potential amenities may include cafes, theaters, chapels, fitness centers, community rooms, wellness centers, spas, in-room laundry facilities, in-room kitchens or kitchenettes and beauty/barber shops."
The development is expected to have a total of 108 skilled nursing and assisted living units and 30 memory care units.
"This is the first time we have been charged this particular fee as other communities have recognized that our seniors will not ultimately be users of the parks nor will they have any impact on the parks system," Turner said. "We understand that there is precedent for this reduction in that the board granted a 50 percent waiver for a similar request."
The board voted unanimously to grant the request.
The board also approved its 2011 budget request of $2.57 million, which is an increase of about $48,000. The increase is for the addition of one person to help with maintenance and horticulture, but the addition won't cost the city any more money because the position was transferred from the Public Works Department.