PIQUA — The Piqua Planning Commission approved additional documents for the planned expansion project at Garbry Ridge Assisted Living during their meeting on Tuesday evening.
HCF Management, Inc., the owner of Garbry Ridge, plans to add on to their existing facility at 1567 Garbry Road in addition to building independent living units. Their long-term goal also includes an eventual replacement building for their long-term care facility Piqua Manor, potentially bringing it on-site to Garbry Ridge. The property includes 28 acres within city limits that also run alongside the Ohio to Indiana trail system.
The planning commission and city commission approved concept designs that HCF Management, Inc. submitted in April.
On Tuesday evening, the planning commission considered and approved development plans submitted for the Garbry Ridge expansion. City Planner Chris Schmiesing said the development plans for the Garbry Ridge expansion included details that supported the previously submitted concept plans. The development plans included the site plans, the general layout, the alignment of the roadways, the utilities infrastructure, and so on.
“Thank you for the community support over the years,” Revis Nickles, vice president of Development and Corporate Properties for HCF Management, Inc., said. “We’ve been in Piqua for 30-plus years, and now we have the opportunity to grow.”
Nickles re-emphasized their goal that was first mentioned when the planning commission previously approved their concept plans, which is to create a campus-style setting at Garbry Ridge. The goal of creating of a campus-style setting is to offer access to more amenities and eventually incorporate a shared community building.
Their project also includes an addition to the facility for a memory care assisted living unit.
“There’s a need for that, so we feel that we want to provide that service,” Nickles said. “Also, we want to put in independent living cottages and duplexes that are shown on our overall master plan. Right now we’re looking at three buildings, which would consist of pretty much two units per building.”
Each unit of the duplexes also features side-entry garages, two bedrooms, a kitchen, two bathrooms, and a walk-in closet.
Incorporating their long-term care facility Piqua Manor into the overall campus is also one of their long-term goals for the site.
“It’s 30-plus years old. We’re not planning on replacing it in the near future, but we want to have our plan to put it on that campus,” Nickles said. “So we want to our long-term building there some day with the assisted living and the independent.”
The development plans approved this week included phase one of that project, including the addition to the assisted living facility, restructuring the entryway for the duplexes, and the infrastructure for the three duplexes.
“Our plan is put three buildings up in this initial phase,” Nickles said. “We’ll concentrate on the addition first and get the infrastructure and everything put in as well for the cottages.”
Chairman Jim Oda asked what their initial timeline for the project was. Nickles said that construction may start this fall in early August or late July, starting with the foundation for the expansion, adding building pads, and the groundwork for adding streets.
“You may see activity out there in July,” Nickles said.
Nickles also thanked the community again for their support. “If it wasn’t for the community support we had over the years, we wouldn’t be here,” he said.
Also during their meeting, the planning commission approved vacating two alleys to the city commission. Neither of the alleys is being used for public purposes, including one alley that is underneath the Orr Felt building.
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