City council nears final vote on proposed senior living center

Virginia

After weeks of back and forth over the proposed senior living space, the Winchester city council is nearing their final decision.

Several residents spoke during the most recent public hearing and explained why they believe the Cork Street senior living addition would have a negative impact on their neighborhood. 

“I’m concerned about the green space, I’m concerned about the parking and I’m concerned about the amount of traffic,” said Academy Circle resident Chris Scott. 

City council members voiced similar concerns but are still looking for a compromise to make this project work. 

“There’s clearly, I don’t think, enough parking. And the only way to remedy that is to reduce the size of the structure,” said Winchester city councilman Corey Sullivan. 

While the developer has reduced the overall size of the building from about 344,000 to 336,000 square feet, residents say it’s still too big. 

“It’s putting a commercial enterprise in a residential neighborhood and I don’t think that’s what was intended by the city fathers when they moved the hospital out of the city,” said Academy Circle resident Stephen Furst. 

The council plans to re-evaluate parking options before the final vote. 

“I think the facility is needed but we also have to keep in mind the residents that live in the neighborhood,” said Sullivan.  

The council has tabled the vote for March 26 where they hope to reach a conclusion. 

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