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Wesley Village planning dual project expansion

March 09. 2013 12:20AM

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JENKINS TWP. — A public hearing will be held Wednesday on the expansion plans for Wesley Village that will add nearly 19,000 square feet to the facility’s personal care unit and rehabilitation areas.

The project has been approved by the Luzerne County Planning Commission and the Jenkins Township Planning Commission, according to attorney Robert Marsh, legal representative for owners of Wesley Village, the United Methodist Homes for the Aging of Wyoming Conference. The township Board of Supervisors must now approve the project so it can move forward, Marsh said.

The public hearing will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Jenkins Township Municipal Building.

The project has two parts: the first calls for conditional approval for an expansion of about 17,000 square feet to the Anderson Building personal care area, according to Marsh and the advertised legal notice. The second part seeks approval for a 1,700-square-foot addition to the Serenity Unit memory/rehabilitation area.

Both units are part of the nursing home operation and will continue to operate in the same manner as before, Marsh said. Wesley Village has 400 residents and 300 staffers at the facility off Main Street, Jenkins Township.

“It’s already a permitted use,” Marsh said. “We need approval because of the size of the expansion.”

The application was submitted because zoning approval is needed when a structure in excess of 15,000 square feet of gross floor area is being added.

The public is invited to attend the public hearing to place their comments on the record related to the proposed addition, Marsh said.

The Board of Supervisors will meet after the public hearing and could vote on the project, said Robert Jones, township manager. “This item will more than likely be on the agenda,” he said. “Whether the supervisors will vote on it, I can’t say.”

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