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Crystal Lake officials reject permit for senior living facility

Senior Health Care Properties LLC wants to turn a single-family home at 752 Saddle Ridge in the Goerdt subdivision into Senior Care Homes of Crystal Lake.
Senior Health Care Properties LLC wants to turn a single-family home at 752 Saddle Ridge in the Goerdt subdivision into Senior Care Homes of Crystal Lake.

After more than an hour of debate, the City Council denied a special use permit for an assisted-living facility in a residential neighborhood Tuesday night.

The company hoping to transform a large home into a senior care center did not receive a two-thirds majority vote.

Senior Health Care Properties LLC was looking to turn the home at 752 Saddle Ridge in the Goerdt subdivision into Senior Care Homes of Crystal Lake. The site would have cared for men and women who are age 55 and older. Clients would have had daily assistance with bathing, nutrition and hydration, among other things.

The home was built with handicap accessibility and has 16 rooms. Outdoor recreation would have been limited to the backyard.

Nursing care facilities are permitted as a special use in residential zoning districts if they meet certain standards.

Last week, the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission gave the petitioner a negative recommendation.

“It still is a business, and the people who moved into this neighborhood have a right to expect that there wouldn’t be a business use in these premises,” said Mayor Aaron Shepley, who added that he understands the need for such facilities with an aging population. “The only thing that we have to decide tonight is whether or not we grant a special use permit. This is a land-use question. ... We have the Planning and Zoning Commission having a negative vote.”

Neighbors voiced their concerns regarding noise, traffic and the potential negative effects of having a for-profit agency in the area.

Council member Cameron Hubbard supported granting the permit.

“I don’t know why this is an issue,” he said, adding that he lives in a similar neighborhood and doesn’t believe the home would increase traffic.

Other council members in favor of the permit said they do not believe seniors would cause a disturbance in the area.

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