According to this Florida Today news article, the man behind the plans is Dr. Ramesh Mathur, a 75-year-old physician who was inspired to construct the community for the aging patients he’s been serving for years in his own practice. Several of Mathur’s family members are also involved in the 150-bed, 9.4 acre development project (which would make it the area’s largest). Plans also include a pharmacy and a commercial space for retailers.
Though it would employ hundreds of local residents, the article says, “Neighbors are concerned that the two-story, 43,750-square-foot structure planned for undeveloped property off State Road 405 and Fox Lake Road will change the secluded nature of their properties.” The Mathurs agreed to increase the buffer zone between the proposed community and current residential properties from 50 to 100 feet; they will meet again to revisit these issues with neighbors and community leaders at a January city council meeting.
Clearly, the location of new assisted living communities is an important consideration not only for prospective residents, but for the developers and those who reside in the neighborhoods adjacent to the facility. What kind of location do you feel is an ideal compromise for all involved?