Council potentially paves way for new Wellington Elder Care facility

The Wellington Village Council seems to have paved the way for a second building at the Wellington Elder Care facility on Lily Court in Wellington.

The roadblock in the way of the project was a rule that prevented these types of facilities from being within 1,000 feet of each other. With this unanimous vote, the council now has the power to approve up to four within a half mile.

This vote does not allow Wellington Elder Care to build the new facility now. They will still have to submit a proposal for the new building, and the council will have vote again to approve it.

“If anyone can find a negative to this, I’m not able to find one,” said Mayor Anne Gerwig.

The change only applies to assisted living facilities for senior citizens, which Wellington Planning, Zoning and Building Director Bob Basehart said can be a good thing.

“We believe allowing them to be clustered can actually be beneficial to a neighborhood,” he said.

Wellington Municipal Complex (Kristen M. Clark / The Palm Beach Post)

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