By CHRISTIN COYNE
WILLOW PARK—As Willow Park Baptist Church congregants packed city hall two nights in a row last week, Willow Park officials approved the next step in a nursing home development in the Crown Park area.
Parking overflowed from the lot in front of city hall and many congregants stood in the back or even outside city council chambers both evenings, as the planning and zoning commission, followed by the city council Wednesday night, unanimously approved the final plat for the planned facility.
About 82 acres of land near Crown Pointe Boulevard is currently owned by Willow Park Baptist Church, which hopes to sell approximately 10 recently-annexed acres to two developers looking to build an assisted-living facility and nursing facility near the apartment complex being erected.
The plat considered by the city concerned a nursing facility planned by Robert Cramer, who currently owns and operates College Park Nursing and Rehab in Weatherford.
Cramer told the council at a prior meeting that he intends to build a 54,000-square-foot facility with 128 beds to provide both rehabilitation and long-term care services.
The Weatherford facility has been open for four years, and Cramer said they see a demand for rehabilitation services and long term nursing care in the area, and have been sending potential residents Weatherford facility waiting list to Fort Worth or other locations.
They expect to add about 120 jobs and hope to begin accepting residents at the Willow Park facility around January.
Questioned by Mayor Pro Tem Gene Martin that the plat was correct, building official Jason Penninger said the plat had no errors and fully met the city’s requirements.
During discussion, issues regarding building in a flood plain were raised by council member Dan Stalling.
However, Mayor Richard Neverdousky said those issues had to do with the site plan and would be a valid conversation at that point.