Variance hearing for senior facility set for May 5

The Zoning Board of Adjustment will hear an application, on Monday, May 5, for a variance to allow the construction of a senior living facility just north of the intersection of routes 28 and 109. The 30-acre property in question — sometimes referred to as the Pollini property — has access to both Route 28 and Route 109 and sits largely behind the Imecom and Wolfeboro Center Community Church properties.

The site is located in an area zoned for residential and agricultural uses and has most recently been used as a sand and gravel pit; aerial photos show large excavated areas. It was originally included in the proposed rezoning of Route 28 but was eventually removed.

The proposal will be offered by Woodbine Senior Living, LLC, which appears to be, historically, a company that has managed these types of facilities for their owners. It appears that construction would be conducted by BlackRock Construction of Colchester, VT.

The proposal would be for 66 beds in an Alzheimer care facility and another 78 or so in an assisted living facility, although, at the moment, this second piece would apparently run afoul of the town’s building height restrictions (it would be two stories high) and so might require a second variance. It appears that the two units would be separate but connected. Part of the proposal includes construction of an owner’s house on the property.

The Planning Board’s recently adopted stormwater management regulations limit site coverage to 40 percent of a lot.

If the variance were approved by the ZBA, the applicants would then proceed to site review before the Planning Board.

Concerns from the lake community would be expected to focus on drainage, stormwater runoff, impervious surfaces, sewage disposal, and lighting, among others.

The ZBA meeting is at 7 p.m. in the Wolfeboro Library meeting room.

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