Concerns remain for age-in-place proposal

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By Nicole Jones

Plans for a senior living development on Pearland’s west side took a step forward last week, though Pearland City council members attached a number of conditions.

City Council on July 22 OKed the first of two required readings of an ordinance that would rezone 62 acres on the 3900 block of Pearland Parkway from single family residential and light industrial to planned development. The rezone would pave the way for the “French Quarter,” a mix of residential units for ages 55 and up.

Described as an “age in place” community for seniors, the development calls for at least 145 single family lots, along with a three-story, 90-unit independent living complex, 2-story, 63-unit assisted living and 28-unit memory care center.

Also in the plans are a community pool, theater, recreation center and private party space.

The site is currently zoned both residential and light industrial, and the developer is requesting the city rezone it as planned development.

The first reading drew several speakers both for and against. Though all seemed to agree that the concept is much needed, the design may present traffic and mobility issues for surrounding areas.

“I’m not sure about the roads and all that, but this is a really nice facility,” says Roy Grasha, who has lived in Pearland since 2001. “We need more senior housing, and it’s going to be convenient for all the seniors, and a transitional program with assisted living for people.”

City staff forwarded a negative recommendation for the zone change, with Planning and Zoning recommending against it 4-2.

Clearly, the council agreed, there is a need for senior housing in Pearland but there are multiple concerns about the development, which would abandon a planned extension of Industrial Drive by construction a cul-de-sac.

The city’s thoroughfare plan must be amended before a second reading would be approved. Other issues include concerns around the six pipelines that cross the property, and sidewalks that are planned only on one side of the street.

“Typically, within our unified development code it requires sidewalks on both sides of the street,” Planning Manager Martin Griggs said. “It makes sense to continue our standards for sidewalks.”

Annexed in 1983, the property has remained largely undeveloped, according to city documents. 

A second reading of the zone change request will be addressed at a future council meeting. 

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