6/20/2018 – Senior housing development coming to Granite Falls

Posted on: June 20th, 2018 by admin

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June 20, 2018

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By James Branch
(Lenoir) News-Topic

 

A business plans to build a housing complex targeting seniors on 47 acres behind the Walmart in Granite Falls.

 

The Granite Falls Town Council unanimously approved rezoning the currently vacant tract Monday evening from a highway business designation to medium-to high-density residential.

 

The property is owned by Watson Place LLC, but Spartan Holdings LLC plans to buy it, said Hamilton Ward, a partner in Spartan. The company has about 80 years of experience in the assisted living business and plans to build a mix of patio homes, apartments and assisted living that would house about 600 seniors, he said.

 

“The senior apartments would be something like those in Pinecrest in Hickory,” Ward said, referring to a retirement community in northeastern Hickory.

 

About 20 people came to the hearing before the council’s vote, and those who spoke on it approved of the rezoning.

 

River Bend homeowner Deborah Chernesky said she was excited about it.

 

“I think it’s an exciting opportunity not only for River Bend but also for the town of Granite Falls. I can see people building and buying in River Bend knowing that Mom and Dad are right down the road in a safe facility,” she said.

 

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