Commission approves childcare, assisted living facilities

Published 11:14 pm Thursday, December 20, 2018

The Troy Planning Commission approved requests Thursday that will allow a childcare facility to open on Three Notch Street and an assisted living facility to operate on Walters Street.

Trena Chenell Shipman requested a variance from the commission to allow the operation of the childcare and day care facility at 419 S. Three Notch Street in the C1 neighborhood commercial zoning district.

Shipman said a new fence will be constructed around the playground at the building and that other features have been modified to fit the building and fire codes of the city.

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In addition to serving as a day care center for up to 23 4-year olds, Shipman said the facility would take in children ages 4 through 12 for parents working the “second shift.”

“We would be open until midnight because most of those parents get off at 10 p.m. or 11 p.m.,” Shipman said.

A neighboring resident, Helen Coleman, spoke before the commission in opposition to the facility, stating concerns about “commotion” it might bring during the night and potential traffic hazards.

“Not trying to block her from working and having a business my concern is the location of it,” Coleman said. “To me it’s a bad spot for a daycare because the way the building sits when people go in there. I’ve been on that street since early 1979.”

Commissioners said the parking lot layout will keep people from having to stop on either of the adjacent streets and would have a reasonable inlet and outlet. The commission unanimously approved Shipman’s request.

McKee and Associates Architects requested a special exception, setback variance, parking variance and variances from development regulations to allow the construction and operation of an assisted living facility at 207 Walters Street in the reserved residential zoning district.

“This is a very unique piece of property that became available through a swap with the City of Troy,” said Walter McKee. “This would be a 16-bed assisted living facility. The area is totally wooded and there are two significant ravines, so there’s a lot of totally unusable land.”

McKee said the variances were needed because the topography of the land necessitated the facility go in the planned spot. The commission unanimously approved the request.

Representatives from DLM Architect Inc. requested a rear setback variance from the commission to allow the construction of a new BP gas station on the current site of Z-Mart at 1130 U.S. Highway 231, which has been closed since being damaged in a structure fire earlier this year. The representatives said no name has been chosen yet for the new convenience store, but said the owners of the property decided to build the completely new station to make it a more attractive and up-to-date station.

The commission unanimously approved the request.

It also approved a request from Spin, the scooter and bike-share program, to use a building at 207 Love Street for the overnight storage and charging of the vehicles.

A representative of the company said there will be no retail business at the site, only storage and maintenance.

The commission also approved a variance to allow new signs to be put up at the newly remodeled KFC at 101 U.S. Highway 231.

The board of adjustments met at 3 p.m. but had no business on the agenda.