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Wednesday, 10 January 2018 18:55

Facade of facility won’t change but new building would be farther from homes

    A revamped plan for the renovation of the Harbor Campus senior living facility on Port Washington’s north side were recommended for concept approval Tuesday by the city’s Design Review Board, which last month panned the proposal.
    The plan unveiled Tuesday still make no improvement to the campus’ Walters Street facade, but does move a proposed three-story, 66-unit independent senior living apartment building that will be constructed south of the current facility.
    By moving the new building to the east, it will be at least 60 feet away from neighboring houses on Holden Street — significantly more than the 20 feet required by code and the 35 feet proposed by property owner Capri Senior Communities last month.
    The plans also altered the configuration of a rectangular retention pond on the southwest side of the property, turning it into two smaller, undulating water features.
    “We believe we took into account all your feedback,” Amy Schoenemann of Tarantino & Co. told the board.
    “I think it’s a huge improvement,” board member Jorgen Hansen, an architect, said.
    Board member Marc Eernisse said he particularly liked the changes to the retention pond, especially since it will become a feature on the land with a gazebo and bridge to be added in the future.
    “I like what you’ve done with the pond,” he said.
    Hansen suggested that landscaped islands be added to the current parking lot outside the Harbor Club, while Vanden Noven suggested additional landscaping in the parking lot for the new building.
    “It seems like a lot of hard surfaces,” Vanden Noven said.
    The plan is a far cry from the sweeping overhaul of the property proposed by Capri last year — a plan Schoenemann said turned out to ultimately be too costly to implement.
    While the original plan would have made changes to the facade of the original building, a former hospital turned senior living facility, and created a grand entrance on Walters Street, the revised plan does little to alter the exterior of the original structure.
    Now, the plan is to create a master entrance near the Harbor Club, extending and enhancing the driveway on the west side of the property to the south and adding landscaping.
    The expanded driveway, which will include a new parking area near the Harbor Club, will lead to the new senior apartment building, which will have underground parking.
    Future phases of the plan call for an expansion of the existing memory care unit, and several smaller multi-family, independent-living buildings on the southeast side of the property.
    There is no timetable for these additional buildings, Schoenemann said.
    The revised plan will be considered by the Plan Commission at its 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, meeting.Daily Press