AURORA — An addition to Aurora Manor’s nursing / assisted living facility on South Bissell Road is possible in the near future if the planning commission approves a site plan submitted by owner Saber Healthcare.

The planning panel accepted the preliminary and final plans for study at its June 6 meeting. Robert Miller of Davison Smith Certo Architects said Saber is seeking to add 15,500 square feet to the back of the existing 45,000-square-foot building.

He noted the health care firm plans to add 24 single-occupancy rooms, remodel some of the existing double-room units into single rooms and construct a new entrance to a renovated physical therapy area on the south side.

Miller continued that the addition would match the existing facility and be complemented by new landscaping. The facility would add 59 parking spaces. City planning officials said that would bring total parking spaces up to 114, with only 60 required by the zoning code.

Planning panelists OK’d a transfer of the facility’s conditional zoning certificate from Aurora Manor LP to Saber. The original CZC was granted in 1998 after plans for the facility were first unveiled.

In other business June 6, the planning panel approved a conditional zoning certificate for the planned Trentstone Glens housing development in a mixed use zoning district south of Anna Maria of Aurora on the north side of Aurora Lake Road.

Trentstone Holding LLC sought the CZC to construct a two-phase project. Phase I will consist of seven single-family and six two-family condo-style homes on 6 acres just west of Cherry Park Oval condominiums. Phase II will be on 12 acres west of Phase I.

Christopher Lachman of CSL Consulting LLC said a single access road into Phase I is planned off Aurora Lake Road. It would wrap around a cul-de-sac near the rear of the property, with a gazebo and stone benches in the center.

He added a stone walking path which would partially wrap around the perimeter of the development also is planned, with low stone walls and a strolling garden with benches fronting Aurora Lake Road.

The country French-style homes would range from 2,000-3,500 square feet and be priced from $350,000 to $450,000, according to Lachman, with all having attached garages, and a homeowners association would be established.

In a final matter, planners OK’d a changeable copy sign along Route 43 in front of VFW Post 2629. It measures 6 feet wide and 1.5 feet high (9 square feet) and is placed within the post’s permanent masonry ground sign.

Panel chairman Kathi Grandillo pointed out the sign has already been erected, and a spokesman for the post said VFW officials did not know they needed prior approval.

Grandillo reminded the public to check with the planning-zoning-building department before proceeding with erection or changing of signs to see if prior approval is needed.

Reporter Ken Lahmers can be reached at 330-541-9400 Ext. 4189 or













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