New senior memory center welcomed

By Danielle Coots - For the News-Current

BEAVERCREEK — The intersection of Hibiscus Way and Park Overlook Drive will soon be looking a little different after a new memory care facility makes it way to the Beavercreek area. With the passing of the recent modification to the site plan, Beavercreek Care Group will be constructing a new facility special for senior experiencing memory issues.

“I just want to make sure it doesn’t look like a compound with the fencing around the facility,” City Councilwoman Debborah Wallace said. “But, I think this is a great use of the property. It has a low traffic impact and it will be good for this neighborhood.”

The Beavercreek City Council recently approved a major modification application for plans to construct a one-story memory care facility consisting of 66 beds for persons afflicted with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other memory ailments.

“After extensive research, it’s been shown that there is a need in Beavercreek for our facilities and we’re looking forward to being in the Beavercreek area,” Civil environmental consultant for JEA Abby Jacobs said. “Our facility will offer a 24-hour stand alone secured facility that provides a home-like atmosphere.”

JEA is a private owned company that specializes in senior living. Their facilities are based out of Washington, and have over five facilities in Ohio, including in Mason and Miami Township. The company is more than 25 years old and has over 50 facilities in over 20 states throughout America.

“The new facility will employ over 20 staff,” Jacobs said. “There will be one staff member for every three residents.”

JEA came before city council asking for rezoning of 4.5 acres to allow for the construction of this facility. The current PUD zoning was put into place in 1999 and was zoned for business, while parts were zoned for high-density residential. By rezoning the small portion, construction could commence.

The facility will have the same feel as the residential area that it neighbors. It will be enclosed by some type of fencing or gate, that has not been determined at this time, for the security of the residents. Additionally, the area will include a grassy outdoor area that can be used by residents and visitors, if desired. Along with the recommendations of staff, the Planning Commission suggested 20 conditions for approval.

“What is the outdoor area going to be used for?” Vice Mayor Julie Vann asked.

In addition to having the outdoor area for residents and visitors, Jacobs explained it will also be utilized for evacuation space in case of emergencies.

The 20 conditions include requirement for signage, landscaping, lighting, fountains, construction hours and the like. Sidewalks will be added to finish the connection of the current sidewalks surrounding this area. City council approved the modifications and rezoning of the 4.5 acres.

By Danielle Coots

For the News-Current

Danielle Coots is a freelance writer for Greene County News.

Danielle Coots is a freelance writer for Greene County News.