Plans for assisted living facility on Whiskey Road advance
Development of a medical facility and residential assisted living facility off Whiskey Road is moving forward.
The Aiken Planning Commission unanimously recommended for approval the request to revise the concept plan for the facilities Tuesday.
Applicants Smith Packett Med-Com LLC and Gerald Waters made requests for each facility, proposing construction on a 11.8-acre lot on Whiskey Road and Stratford Drive.
The property is part of a 25-acre lot, most of which is already developed residentially as Springstone Villas. The remaining 11.8 acres remain undeveloped.
The applicants requested the Planning Commission approve its concept plan to divide the undeveloped land lot into two, 5.9-acre lots. The original concept plan showed the 11.8-acre lot being occupied by a parking area, shopping center and a freestanding commercial building.
Construction of the 75,000-square-foot residential assisted living facility will be the first phase of development. The facility will face Whiskey Road and sit next to Sizemore Road.
It will have a total of 86 units – 58 for assisted living and 28 for memory care. The facility will operate 24 hours a day with the stipulation that it always be occupied.
The second phase of development will be the 40,000-square-foot medical facility owned by Waters and not under contract or controlled by Smith Packett.
The one-story medical office will be comprised of three buildings with a total number of units dependent on tenant space requirements. The plan also shows 139 parking stalls.
The only change the Planning Commission requested was that there be a driveway connection onto Stratford Drive, and the driveway onto Whiskey Road be a full driveway, not a restricted right-in, right-out drive.
Council will hold the first reading on the development’s concept plan on Monday, Aug. 11.
Maayan Schechter is the local government reporter with Aiken Standard. Follow her on Twitter @MaayanSchechter.