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Memory Care Facility Wins Backing Despite Concerns From Overflow Crowd

Care center for elderly patients with dementia is proposed on Davidson Road, north of Greenfield Avenue. Neighbors packed City Hall, arguing the residential area is not where the facility should go.

A 100-bed memory care facility won support Monday of city plan commissioners, some of whom tried to allay neighbors concerns about their safety, traffic and quality of life.

After listening to more than an hour of public comments from an overflow crowd, commissioners said they had little choice but recommend approval because the plan met all city requirements.

Commissioners Kevin Wahlgren and Paul Wartman said they were not thrilled with the proposed residentially zoned site for the care center for dementia and related elderly patients. Others said it meets a community need and would not have a negative impact on surrounding homes.

In the end, only Wahlgren voted against.

, 18000 W. Greenfield Ave., plans to sell about seven acres north of the church off Davidson Road to Silverado Senior Living, based in Irvine, CA, to build and operate a 45,000-square-foot memory care facility.

The land is zoned for residential development. But Community Development Director Dan Ertl told the large crowd that the senior center was considered an institutional facility, like churches, schools and hospitals. Those facilities are allowed in all areas of the city, except conservancy districts, if they meet site standards for a conditional use permit.

And in the late 1990s when the city held hearings to adopt a new 2035 comprehensive plan, it marked the St. Luke property for future community / institutional use, not residential, Ertl said.

Neighbors, however, said this institution was a for-profit business that equated more to a commercial enterprise and was not appropriate for a residential setting.

"This completely changes the landscape of the community," neighbor Ken Nowak said.

Brookfield resident Peter Bylow said Silverado had a stellar reputation for providing quality care for elderly.

"This is an opportunity for Brookfield to have a first-class facility," said Bylow, who compared it to a Neenah facility that had been a wonderful setting for his mother-in-law for the end of her life.

But Jan Rymaszewski echoed many neighbors, calling the care center's mission "admirable" and compassionate but urging it be built near businesses and multifamily housing.

The church's excess land "should be sold as residential land," she said.

Ted Nowak July 14, 2012 at 04:16 AM
Yes it appears all are still availalble I feel sorry for this developer as these homes will butt up to this massive Silverado 45,000 sq ft building. Good luck selling them. Very sad.
Ted Nowak July 17, 2012 at 05:03 AM
Am I correct in saying that at the Tues City Hall meeting there is only 15 minutes being alloted for public comments on the Silverado 100 bed facility proposed on the St Luke property? If that is true, it seems the people that have invested 100 of thousands of dollars in their dream homes are being pushed aside by BIG BUSINESS again!
Scott Berg July 17, 2012 at 12:18 PM
Every Common Council meeting starts with a 15 minute comment period for any person, resident or not, to speak on any city related topic. The Silverado project had an official public hearing at the Plan Commision last week that lasted well over an hour. The official minutes were distributed to all aldermen and are available on the city web site. This hearing process fully complies with state law. You are welcome to comment tonight as well. What is it you will say that's not already on the record?
Andy Smith July 17, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Amen.
Kathy DuBois July 17, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Meeting is tonight @ 7:45 p.m. Brookfield City Hall Council Chambers.

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