Oregon City Council will hold public hearings on Monday, Aug. 26, at 8 p.m. to hear requests for a Special Use Exception application for a new assisted senior living/residential care facility, and a Conditional Use application for the construction of a gas station.
Applicant Hussien Shousher, agent for Adams-Huron Investments, Ltd., is seeking a Special Use Exception in an R-2 Medium Density Residential District for the purpose of constructing the senior living facility at 3450 Seaman Road.
The 64-unit combined single unit senior living/assisted living complex will be comprised of cottages aimed at independent living-seniors who do not require any assistance, according to Rick Wolney, of Alcore Senior and Assisted Living. Future expansion of the facility would be driven by supply and demand.
Currently, the property, at Seaman and Coy, is a vacant farm field, according to Mayor Mike Seferian, who is also on the Oregon Planning Commission, which heard the case in June and July.
The Planning Commission tabled the request in June and requested the applicant submit a site plan with proposed revisions of the Project Review Committee or the Planning Commission. The Planning Commission had suggested that a road that services the cottages should be extended north to connect to Seaman Road, and that a Dumpster enclosure should be placed behind the front building line.
Seferian told The Press that the facility will have little impact on surrounding neighborhoods.
“It’s a high dollar business, and it’s a good looking building,” he said. “People with these businesses maintain them maybe better than a lower end housing development that goes in,” he said.
Eight years ago, strong opposition sidelined the development of a proposed zero lot line condo development at the site, said Seferian. “It would have put a lot of housing there in a small area. The neighbors were pretty upset with that. It wasn’t senior living, but a multi-unit building. Apartments in residential neighborhoods do not always go over real big. So the neighbors already had that fear factor from about eight years ago. When they saw the layout of this, they could see it was by a company that’s done many of these facilities. I think it will look better than the vacant field that has weeds in it. So I think it’s a plus for the neighborhoods.”
The Planning Commission recommended approval of the SUE.
Council will also hold a hearing on a request for a Conditional Use in a C-2 General Commercial District for the construction of a gas station/convenience store at 2448 and 2460 Navarre Avenue. The applicant is Jim Sayed. The owner of the properties is SFS Property Group LLC.
The site is located on the southwest corner of Munding Drive and Navarre Avenue. The portion of the property located directly to the east is zoned C-2 while the portion to the south is zoned C-1 and needs to be changed, Jim Gilmore, commissioner of building and zoning, said at the July Planning Commission meeting.
Sayed said it was believed that the entire parcel was zoned C-2 when the property was purchased. Only later was it discovered that the property had split zoning. He would like to have the zoning on the rear portion of the parcel changed from C-1 to C-2 to coincide with the zoning on the front portion of the lot for the construction of the gas station /convenience store with an attached quick-serve restaurant.
There was some opposition to the commercial development.
Mickey Felaris, of Starr Avenue, said he was concerned what impact the gas station would have on the environment and the resale value of properties he owns on Grassser Street.
Seferian said Navarre Avenue is a commercial corridor, as well as a state route, and that the proposed gas station/convenience store is an appropriate use of the property.
The Planning Commission recommended approval of the Conditional Use.