By JENNIFER AMATO
NORTH BRUNSWICK – Seniors who wish to remain in North Brunswick now have an option to do so, aside from moving into a nursing home.
The North Brunswick Zoning Board approved an application for Graceland Gardens, a 23-unit assisted living facility, that will be built on Route 27. After months of testimony and listening to residents’ concerns, the six-member board unanimously approved the plan on May 16.
“Our seniors need a place. We don’t have an appropriate assisted facility in North Brunswick to address those needs,” board member Thomas Abode said.
“I believe that the applicants themselves have demonstrated an awareness of senior issues and the ability to navigate those waters with concern and with wisdom,” Zoning Board Chairman Mark McGrath said.
Graceland Gardens is the brainchild of Jeanne Selby, the current manager of the North Brunswick Senior Housing Complex at 740 Hermann Road. She and her husband are seeking to construct a 23-unit, 17,530-square-foot assisted living facility with associated site improvements at 1628 Route 27, a property zoned R-2 residential.
There will not be a residential unit for the owners on the property, as per the amended site plan. Instead, the existing structure will be taken down, Selby said.
Residents still cited concerns such as traffic impact along Route 27 and its side streets, the effect of stormwater management on the surrounding neighborhoods, adequate parking on site, visitation hours and the building of a commercial use in a residential neighborhood.
“I’m concerned about more traffic going on 27 where it’s already overburdened at rush hour,” Garrick Stoldt said.
“It’s shoehorning a facility that should be in a larger place and will impede traffic and cause problems for people on places like Parillo Court,” Karen Ramsden-Zahler…