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Florence Paves Way for 5th Senior Living Facility, with 4 More in Line

The City of Florence took steps last week to make way for another senior living facility to open.
The city listened to a first reading of a proposed zone change for a property on the west side of Seligman Drive, north of Merchants Street. The more than 4-acre, to be developed by Steve Berling, will feature sixty units and eighty-four beds, and would be the sixth senior living facility in Florence. Magnolia Springs, which just opened, Elmcroft, Colonial Heights, which has a memory wing in addition to assisted living, Acadia Park, and Aldersgate Apartments, are the others. 
Four other facilities are in the planning stages for the city.
Demographic studies deal with the age of residents and education level and other factors, and show that people want to have their relatives in facilities that are in heavy retail areas, so that they can combine visits with other trips to stores and such. Florence, with its abundant retail opportunities, fits that description.
The new one will be located approximately across from the Bear Paddle Swim club.
Other notes:
Another ordinance, also heard for the first time, approves and adopts a map amendment for a special sign district for a 0.71-acre site at 7550 Mall road that is zoned Commercial two/Planned Development/Mall Road Overlay  (C-2/PD/MR). This is to allow Guardian Bank to put up an freestanding sign with an electronic message center on it.
A third ordinance adopted and approved a change in a concept development plan for a .515 acre site generally located on the southeast corner of the US 42/ Bill Wentz Drive intersection which is currently zoned Commercial two/Planned Development. The plan is to allow a quick oil change/automotive repair facility at the site. There are a few restrictions, such as a sidewalk, and a wall that matches other brickwork, but there isn't anything that would prevent the facility. None of the changes require additional public hearings.
Kevin Costello, from the Boone County Planning Commission, gave a presentation on the comprehensive plan for the county. This is a plan that is updated on a regular basis, usually about every five years, and deals with land usage and zoning, with open spaces and green space, as well as agriculture. Costello hopes to have goals and objectives for the plan set by August, and the plan finished in about a year.
Bravo Company, the 101st Airborne Division, came to the meeting to present council with a signed flag. The city has adopted the unit, and has had good interaction with the company, so council was very appreciative of the flag.
Members of the Cooper High School Basketball team were honored, along with their coach, Tim Smith, for finishing as runner-up in the state tournament.
Adam Hinkle was sworn in as a new Firefighter/Paramedic.  
The city proclaimed April as blue ribbon month.
Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor