Ocoee approves plans for independent-living facility

The facility would be located north of Roberson Road and east of Tomyn Boulevard, adjacent to the upcoming Legacy Lifestyles assisted-living facility.

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  • | 12:11 a.m. August 15, 2018
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Ocoee soon may become home to a new independent-living facility.

During its Aug. 7 City Commission meeting, Ocoee leaders approved the preliminary/final site plan for the proposed Arya Independent Living facility. 

The facility is to be located north of Roberson Road and east of Tomyn Boulevard on a 10.47-acre property — 2.45 acres of which are designated wetlands/floodzones and would not be developed. The property, which is currently vacant, has a future land-use designation of low-density residential and conservation/floodplains. 

According to the site plan, the four-story facility would measure 203,000 square feet and host 148 units, which may only be occupied by tenants who are 55 and older.

Plans show the facility would have one main access point at Roberson Road, which would be aligned with the existing George Bailey Park entrance across Roberson.

A 220-foot left-turn lane leading into the site also would be provided for an adjacent assisted-living facility named Legacy Lifestyles, which is about to break ground and will hold 120 beds.

The developer intends to provide older citizens the opportunity to age in place or have someone live next to their spouse who may need daily care, according to the agenda.

The applicant is requesting one waiver in relation to the proposed project regarding maximum height. According to city code, the maximum allowed height is 35 feet, but the developer is requesting a waiver for 53 feet.

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