More senior housing might be coming to York County.
The county’s Planning Commission on Wednesday approved Hampton Manor of Williamsburg, a senior housing assisted living facility.
The single story facility is expected to have 89 units including 26 memory care units with the building totaling 78,121 square feet.
The 6.7-acre property is located on 120 Reserve Way. It’s near Verena at the Reserve and the Wyndham Kingsgate timeshare resort and currently zoned Planned Development Residential and Multi-Family Residential, according to the staff report.
“As the Commission is aware, senior housing typically has a positive net fiscal impact, largely because there are no school-age and thus no direct public education costs,” according to the Planning Commission’s staff report. “The applicant has submitted a fiscal impact analysis of the project that calculates its benefit-cost ratio to be 1.61 based on estimated County costs and revenues that would be generated by the project.”
“This means that $1.61 of County revenue would be generated for every one dollar spent on County-provided services,” the report noted.
The property is owned by The Reserves of Williamsburg LLC and the application was submitted by Build Senior Living LLC, a senior living developer based in Michigan — considered a “contract purchaser” in the staff report.
The plan needs approval from the Board of Supervisors.
Housing will have studio, one- or two-bedroom apartments and the building will feature common areas such as interior courtyard, theaters, salon, a library and other amenities.
Staff would be available 24 hours a day and Sanford Martin, the owner of Build Senior Living LLC, would run the daily operations.
The property was previously approved by the York County Board of Supervisors in 2006 for a senior housing community with a maximum of 459 units, according to the staff report.
The first part of the plan was the Verena apartments built in 2010 and an assisted living facility was also approved on the undeveloped parts of the land but have since been developed and are now filled with 47 single family homes, 94 townhouses and 198 apartments, according to the staff report.
One acre of the property was given to the county as a future fire station.
“Fourteen years later, the residential portion of The Reserve is fully built out, but there are no signs that the viability of the subject parcel for even small-scale retail or office uses has improved,” according to the Planning Commission’s recommendation. “In fact, the only development inquiries about this property that have been received by either the Planning Division or the Office of Economic Development have been related to residential development or assisted living. “
“While not the type of use originally envisioned for this parcel when the project was approved, the proposed assisted living facility would at least have a positive fiscal impact, consistent with the intent of the commercial designation.”
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