A new senior living center is planned along Whiskey Road in Aiken.
Oaks Senior Living LLC and Lotus Park Senior Living have announced an approximate 80-bed facility – named "Oaks at Aiken Assisted Living & Memory Care," according to a company announcement – to be built at 3340 Whiskey Road.
The center will include 44 assisted living apartments and 24 memory care apartments, according to the same announcement. The companies expect more than 55 jobs to be created.
The center is designed as a two-story craftsman-style building.
Groundbreaking at the 5-acre site is expected in December 2018, with estimated completion in March 2020.
"I am excited about adding the Aiken community to our portfolio, as all of our communities have been in Georgia until now," Oaks Senior Living CEO Alex Salabarria said in a prepared statement.
Oaks Senior Living operates nine senior living communities throughout Georgia, according to the company's website.
Lotus Park Senior Living has plans to break ground on another senior living center in Douglasville, Georgia, west of Atlanta, in May 2018.
The site of the planned Aiken center is currently undeveloped. The plot is also in an unincorporated area – not within City limits, essentially.
The lot is currently owned by Palmetto Land Company of Aiken LLC.
A Lotus Park Senior Living executive, Sarjit Patel, has submitted a request to the City of Aiken for water and sanitary sewer services at the prospective senior housing and care center, according to City Council documents.
City Council will be discussing a measure to do so during its Monday meeting. City Council meets at 7 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 214 Park Ave. S.W.
Both water and sewer are readily available in the area, according to Planning Director Ryan Bland.
City Council must handle the request because of the City's utility policy, which details water and sewer requests in unincorporated areas.
On March 13, the Planning Commission unanimously recommended supplying water and sewer service to the Whiskey Road development, but with conditions: Lotus Park Senior Living must close on the property within 90 days of City Council approval; the property must be annexed into the City as soon as it becomes contiguous; the City engineer must approve the design and installation of the services; all new wiring must be underground; and more.
The development plans were met with some public resistance during the Planning Commission hearing.