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May 10, 2013

Nursing home moves forward in Willow Park

By CHRISTIN COYNE

WILLOW PARK – Plans for a skilled-nursing facility and assisted-living facility in Willow Park took another step forward Tuesday night.

The Willow Park Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously recommended the city council approve a rezoning request and site plan.

The rezoning request from seller Willow Park Baptist Church would rezone more than 12 acres in the area of Crown Pointe Boulevard from single-family residential to commercial, where a skilled-nursing facility and assisted-living facility are planned. The city recently annexed the property at the request of the church.

No member of the public spoke during the public hearing on the zoning request. 

The commission also recommended the council approve a site plan for the skilled nursing facility.

Robert Cramer, owner and operator of College Park Rehabilitation and Care Center in Weatherford, hopes to build a 128-bed, 54,000-square-foot facility in Willow Park to meet the area’s growing rehabilitation and long-term care needs, he told the council in March.

After some discussion, the commission also recommended the city add a use by special use permit only for “diagnostic or treatment healthcare facility or assisted living facility” to the zoning definitions.

The planning and zoning commission previously recommended the city remove a medical facility definition from the commercial zoning use table but the council has yet to address the issue.

“When we recommended to city council previously, one of the concerns that we discussed was the fact that we had an influx of [a hospital, doctors and other medical facilities],” commission member Marci Parker said. “The logic behind saying you know what lets move all that to requiring a special use permit. It doesn’t mean it’s not allowed but it gives [the city control over how many medical-based facilities locate in Willow Park].”

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