Senior housing

This drawing shows what the senior housing units proposed for Wedowee would look like.

WEDOWEE - At last Tuesday's Wedowee Town Council meeting, the council held the second public hearing concerning rezoning of five acres of property on Woodland Avenue for construction of senior housing.

Dr. Samuel Hardin, owner of Ava Hills Assisting Living, made the request last month. Speaking on behalf of the doctor was Deborah Lane of Ava Hills. "We have a need for expansion of senior housing in this area. The two main reasons are excessive expenses for seniors living in a larger home and the lack of senior communities has seniors leaving the area," she said.

Lane introduced Ben Ross, architect and engineer working on the project. "The plans are to build this senior housing, so seniors can have all the conveniences of downtown," said Ross. "They can walk anywhere they need to go," said Ross. "We have plans for improvements on approximately 3/4 of a mile of Woodland Avenue including widening the street, putting sidewalks on both sides, improving water and sewer and installing streetlights. This cost would be paid for by Dr. Hardin."

The plans presented by Ross didn't have any details on how many housing units would be built, the cost of construction, cost of improvements on the street or the cost of monthly rent.

Mayor Tim Coe said he knows there is a need, but the council needs to see a more detailed plan. "I think I speak for the council when I say we need to see what the project will look like, and we need to know the expenses involved."

The council tabled any action on the rezoning and will continue the public hearing at a later date. There were several residents at the hearing who asked questions and wanted more information on the project. The planning/zoning commission has advised against the rezoning for the proposed project due to the property's location.

In other business, the council:

  • Agreed to postpone Family Fun Day for 2020. Hopefully the event will return in 2021.
  • Acknowledged an $81,600 grant received for the fire department. Chief Rob Perry said the money would be used to purchase new SCBAs and spare bottles.

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