P&Z OKs retirement center

Proposal for cottages, assisted-living homes and Alzheimer’s center sent to Council

KINGMAN – A proposed retirement center including a center for people with Alzheimer’s disease received the initial OK from the Kingman Planning and Zoning Commission on Tuesday.

The plan includes developing 29 acres for the Memorial Peterson North 40 Subdivision that would offer cottages for older residents as well as assisted-living homes.

Property owners Peterson Rancho Norte Quarenta, Canyon Creek Development and William T. Miller Engineering, Inc., asked to rezone a total of 48 acres located west of Western Avenue between Riata Valley Road and Sycamore Avenue from rural residential to low-density residential, multiple family, and community business commercial.

The plan also includes extending Airway Avenue west to a proposed Sycamore Village subdivision. The development would increase traffic on Western Avenue, which might need to be widened. But the developers said the traffic generated by assisted-living communities would be less than if single-family homes or apartments were to be built on the site.

The developers stated in their proposal that they would improve the three roads bordering the site to accommodate the increased traffic.

The subdivision would include a clubhouse and about three acres for parks. The commercial areas would be designed for medical and general services aimed at older residents and would face Western Avenue.

The Alzheimer’s unit would be part of the commercial zone. It would provide assisted-living care for people in the early to mid stages of the disease.

The Commission also recommended vacating approximately 5,000 square feet of land along Rhoades Avenue and Diamond Street. The land in question is used for drainage, but planners said it is no longer useful since the Airway Underpass Project includes a new drainage channel.

The land would be handed over to Housing America Corporation, which operates low-income housing in the area. The parcel could be used for new housing projects. The company would provide additional street paving along Diamond in exchange for the land.

These projects must be approved by City Council, which meets on Monday.