Written by STEVE OSTERMANN
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 15:17
Village Pointe Commons plan being reviewed calls for continuum-of-care campus on former Manchester Mall property
Grafton officials have begun a formal review of plans for a senior housing development that would be the largest of its kind in the community and provide a major upgrade to the village’s south commercial district.
Tarantino & Co. of Waukesha plans to construct the Village Pointe Commons — a campus-styled complex with 204 units in several buildings totaling 300,000 square feet — on 14 acres at the site of the former Manchester Mall property.
The campus would be on the east side of First Avenue, immediately south of the Falls Road office building and the Pick ’n Save grocery.
Village Pointe Commons would be adjacent to the Highland Ridge project, where a shopping center anchored by the Pick ’n Save was built in 2009 but plans for a housing complex with townhouses and condominiums never materialized.
The land was subsequently sold to Village Pointe Commons LLC early this year.
In a conceptual plan submitted to the Plan Commission for review this week, Tarantino Development Manager Aaron Matter said the campus would offer a continuum of care for older adults.
The facilities would include three-story buildings with 120 total units for independent living; three-story buildings with 42 total units for assisted living; and a one-story building with memory-care units.
In addition, four one-story “casetta” buildings would offer 16 units of ranch-style independent living.
All buildings except the casettas would be connected by a commons that provides dining, health and wellness activities and other residential programs.
The independent-living buildings would have underground parking.
The Village Pointe Commons staff would provide around-the-clock care, with 25 to 30 full and part-time employees on day shifts and 15 employees on overnight shifts.
In a report to the commission, Village Director of Planning and Development Jessica Wolff said the project “will fill a need for senior housing options in the community and complement existing south commercial district development.”
The campus is not expected to have any negative impact on surrounding properties, Wolff said. However, she recommended that Oak Street, which currently ends on the east side of the property, be reconstructed.
Tarantino is expected to request that the property be rezoned for planned unit development.
Following reviews by the Community Development Authority, Architectural Review Board and Plan Commission, the commission is scheduled to make a recommendation on the request Dec. 16.
The Village Board would take final action on the rezoning in January.
Pending approval, construction is expected to begin in spring 2015 and be completed by December 2016, depending on whether the work is done in phases, Matter said. Extended phasing could delay a full build-out until December 2018.
Village Administrator Darrell Hofland said the Village Pointe Commons is expected to add $20 million in property value to the south commercial district.
“This is the last large parcel for redevelopment in the district,” Hofland said.
“It is the CDA’s belief that this will provide an economic impact that will increase sales and activity for retail businesses and offices.”
Hofland said the marketing studies for the development have shown a growing demand for senior housing in the area and that his office has received numerous inquiries from older adults interested in the project.
The Architectural Review Board is scheduled to give the project a final review Thursday, Dec. 11.
Also on Dec. 11, Matter will provide an overview of the Village Pointe Commons at a meeting of the Grafton South Commercial District.