Senior living facility proposed

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City leaders examined a senior living project proposed at Broadway Street and Dixie Farm, but there are concerns about the 4-story facility with single-story assisted living and memory care units.

“Pearland Assisted Living and Independent Living” was the topic of a workshop last Monday. The 10-acre site for the project is located on the east side of Dixie Farm just south of the Broadway intersection.

The property is currently occupied by a house and barn. It was annexed into the city in 1960 and is currently zoned as R1, a low-density residential zone. David Ferrette is seeking city approval for the proposal on behalf of owners, Anthony and Kimberly Giuliani of Austin.

Councilman Trent Perez said the plan as presented has challenges.

“We may allow the use, but that doesn’t exempt you from getting the fire marshal to approve it,” he said. “As I’m seeing it, this dense a site with this large a building, it’s going to be tough to get the fire code to work.”

“Personally, if we can get some use out of these tracts, I’d like to see it,” he said.

Others had questions on how the site would work in the area.

“We are stacking driveways very close to one another along our busiest roadway,” Councilman Keith Ordeneaux said.

“It seems like a lot to fit into such a small space. It doesn’t really seem like a good fit for that area,” Councilman Derrick Reed said.

“I understand seniors may not need as much parking, but if it becomes normal multifamily, which is what we have to zone it as, your parking falls apart,” Ordeneaux said.

Councilman Greg Hill agreed.

“I’m just against it,” he said. “To move from R1 to this. It’s a big jump.”

Hill said he has gotten messages from residents near the proposed development who are against the project.

“It’s a 4-story building,” he said. “I wouldn’t want that if I was living there.”

City staff agreed the site is small for the proposal, “and will require a number of deviations from the UDC for landscaping, buffering from surrounding properties, height, density, and parking.”

However, the use “will generally comply with the comprehensive plan,” city documents state, “and is a necessary function with an aging population.”

Staff has been working with the owners for about three months.

“It does appear that it is a challenging piece of property,” Planning Department Director Lata Krishnarao said. “We’ll have to see what we can do.”

Story by Nicole Jones