Tuesday, September 13, 2011
The Johnston Town Council voted 4-0 on Sept. 12 to allow a zoning change which would allow Briarcliffe Manor to expand.
The accompanying video shows scenes from the Johnston Town Council meeting of Sept. 12, where councilors voted 4-0 for a zoning change which will pave the way for Briarcliffe Manor to construct an assisted living facility across from its current campus. Several residents spoke in opposition to the proposed building, which will have two stories, 75 rooms, and up to 100 beds. It will also create between 30 and 50 new jobs, according to Briarcliffe attorney William Landry. Landry also noted that the project is still in the "conceptual stage," and will require additional approvals from the town planning board before construction can begin.
The change clears one hurdle on the way toward an assisted living facility on Old Pocasset Road.
At its Sept. 12 meeting, the Johnston Town Council voted 4-0 to change the zoning designation on two parcels of landowned by Briarcliffe Manor, whose owners hope to build an assisted living facility on the land. The council's decision changes the designation on the land to a Planned District/Continuing Care Retirement Community, from R-40 (residential). Council Vice President Stephanie Manzi was absent from the vote. Attorney William Landry described the Briarcliffe plan as being in the "conceptual stage," with two stories and 75 rooms proposed for a new assisted living facility. Depending on the number of couples at the facility, there could be up to 100 beds, Landry said. Watch JohnstonPatch later today for a full report, including …
Friday, September 2, 2011
The group of seniors meets monthly at the local assisted living facility.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Lisa Bradley
Friday, September 2, 2011
Residents of The Bridge at Cherry Hill met on Aug. 30 for the monthly Red Hat Society meeting. Members enjoyed tea and pastries, and played a word game during the second half of the hour. The Red Hat Society began in England by a woman turning 50 who wanted to celebrate getting older and to bring women together in friendship. Over the years, women in the United States began holding their own meetings. The Bridge is scheduled to host a Red Hat Society Meet-and-Greet on Sept. 13. Find more information at the Red Hat Society website.
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
The proposed facility on Old Pocasset Road would have 73 rooms and up to 100 beds.
The Johnston Planning Board, at its meeting on August 2 at the senior center, voted 6 to 1 to give preliminary approval for a new two-story assisted living facility to be built at Briarcliffe Manor on Old Pocasset Road. Board members also voted 5 to 2 give its recommendation to the town council for a zoning change from the current R-40 to Planned District/CCRC to allow for the new facility. Several neighbors appeared at the meeting to voice opposition to the proposal. Long-time resident Carmel Izzo questioned the decision to expand the Briarcliffe Manor complex on Old Pocasset Road, citing traffic concerns in the area. "This was not meant for the business this man [Briarcliffe ownner Ashkay Talwar] is trying to bring here," said Izzo. "If …