Concept for Senior Living Community Near Monticello Marketplace Explored

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The conceptual plan of the proposed senior living complex is based on the Woodlands development, which is located in the Phoebus area of Hampton. (JCC)
The concept of the senior living complex is based on the Woodlands development, which is located in the Phoebus area of Hampton. (JCC)

A new senior living complex could open only minutes away from Monticello Marketplace.

The complex would be built on 37 acres of undeveloped land at 4450 Powhatan Parkway, said Brian Staub, CFO of Virginia Beach-based Marlyn Development.

The James City County Development Review Committee provided feedback on the conceptual plan during its Feb. 24 meeting but made no action on the application.

The application plans for 146 independent senior living units on 5 acres of the land, while the rest would remain “natural,” Staub said. The concept is based on the Woodlands development, which is located in the Phoebus area of Hampton.

Staub said Marlyn Development is interested in meeting the growing demand for senior living options.

“We see a huge need for it not only in Hampton Roads but across the country over the next 15 years,” Staub said. “There’s not enough housing stock designed specifically for seniors. It’s a need in James City County as much as it is a need in the state of Virginia and the entire country.”

The land, which is zoned Rural Residential, must be rezoned in order for the complex to be built, Senior Planner Ellen Cook said.

Before Marlyn Development submits any more applications, Staub said it will host a meeting for community stakeholders to share their thoughts and ideas on the concept.

“We know there are a lot of folks involved,” Staub said. “We’re trying to proceed in an all-inclusive fashion.”