The Lucas County Plan Commission has recommended approval of a conditional use permit for the construction of a residential care facility at 4752 and 4828 Whiteford Rd.

The 10-acre project has been a contentious issue with residents since the developer announced plans at a meeting with
with neighbors more than a year ago.

People have complained primarily about added traffic on Whiteford and have questioned the wisdom of siting such a facility where it will be adjacent to Whiteford Elementary School.

Those complaints, among others, were voiced to the county plan commissioners as well as the thought that the facility will introduce a commercial aspect to the residential neighborhood.

Although the project is considered residential for planning purposes, neighbors spoke of vendors coming into the area, trash haulers and suppliers disrupting the quality of life they’ve enjoyed.

Carol Contrada, a former Sylvania Township trustee and a former Lucas County commissioner, spoke about losing some of the rural residential feel of an area which is near the commercial enterprises
along Monroe at Whiteford and to an extend south on Whiteford.

George Oravecz. a consultant for the developer, OMNI, of Beachwood, OH., said the plans have been scaled down after earlier hearing complaints from neighbors. The project, which includes memory care, assisted living and congregate living, had originally been planned to be three stories, but has been reduced to two stories, turn lanes will be added to Whiteford Road and the company intends to plant evergreen trees around the borders to allow for sufficient screening along with the existing trees which can be retained.

Plans call for 20 patients in the memory care unit and 44 in assisted living. There will be room for 88 people in congregate living.

Those spaces are designed for people who need little or no assistance with daily living, although they may elect to use some services such as 24-hour dining, housekeeping or other amenities.

The commission voted 6-4 to recommend approval.

The Sylvania Township Board of Zoning Appeals is scheduled to hear the matter at 5p.m. Feb 3, at the Sylvania Township Administration Building. 4927 Holland-Sylvania Rd.


Written by:  Mike Jones, Public Information Officer

Published Date:  January 29, 2020

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