- Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 September 2009 17:06
- Published on Wednesday, 09 September 2009 17:06
- Hits: 622
Town Manager Val Foulds reported to the Economic Committee last week that she was approached by Josh Gemerek, Senior Vice President of Housing for Bay Aging. Bay Aging is interested in purchasing the town-owned property on the Point that is now being leased by the Lions Club for $10 a year.
Bay Aging wishes to set up retirement apartments on the property. The apartments would be similar to those in the Meadows on Route 205 and would only be rented to senior citizens. Since the project would involve HUD, it would not be allowed to change and would remain a senior living facility for 30 years.
Councilman Stephen Kennedy admitted during the meeting that activities have dwindled in the last few years at the Lions Club and the members felt that if the property were sold, they could find an alternative site for club meetings.
Foulds said she will work with Gary Mitchell, director of Building and Zoning, to explore zoning changes. She is currently waiting for a property appraisal and should be ready to present the issue to the council by the end of the month.
Vice Mayor Trish King feels that the sale of this property would benefit the town and start generating revenue in property taxes. But being a not for profit company it was unclear to the committee members if property taxes would apply.
“We have experience with Bay Aging, they have proven themselves to be good managers,” King said. “They have a good product, know what they are doing and they seem to be honest and reliable people.”
King feels that this would meet a need for senior housing and estimates roughly 80 units would be able to be built. Technically, it would be multi-family units, but residents would have their own apartments.
Kennedy brought up the concern of residential complaints from the Point over a larger number of Rescue Squad calls, but Rescue Chief Ridgely assured him that sirens are not used in the residential areas unless absolutely needed.
The sale of the Lions Club property gave rise to discussions concerning setting up a Proffers Program by Councilman Coombes who also chairs the Planning Commission. Coombes has been fighting for a Proffers Program for years and feels that this possible sale and the implementation of the Comprehensive Plan facilitate the need for proffers.
At press time it was unclear if the members of the Lions Club have been notified of the informal offer to purchase the property they lease.
— Linda Farneth