Parcel of land near the McDonald Center could be developed as senior housing

Monday, January 20, 2020 - 11:59
  • The Carol Creek parcel of land is located roughly between Fred Meyer (lower left) and the Harry McDonald Center (lower right) in Eagle River. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)

Chugiak residents may have finally found a project suitable for their backyard.

At Thursday night’s Chugiak Community Council meeting, a proposal for a senior housing facility in the Carol Creek area drew cautious optimism from council members.

The development would go on a parcel of municipal land located between the Harry J. McDonald Center and Fred Meyer. The land has been a hot topic in Chugiak, where the municipality previously tried to develop a much larger housing development. That plan was scrapped after land managers determined it wasn’t economical.

This plan is, according to Municipality of Anchorage Real Estate Director Robin Ward, who said the muni was approached by Troy Davis Homes about purchasing 30 acres for the development, which would include a mix of independent and assisted living facilities.

“We felt like this might be a community benefit with the least impact to neighbors,” she told the council.

The 30-acre parcel of land is restricted to a maximum 115 dwelling units. Lang & Associates surveyor Jonathan Lang told the council the development as planned would include 32 duplex units intended for independent living along with an 83-unit apartment-style residential building with facilities for assisted living and a memory care unit.

“This is going to be elder housing and assisted living,” Lang said.

Access to the development would be off Harry J. McDonald Road. Lang said a traffic study has already been completed showing the increase in traffic would be relatively small and likely would not require the installation of a traffic light.

Lang said the company needs the property to be rezoned in order to move forward. Once that happens, Troy Davis Homes plans to return to the council with a more detailed plan. Troy Davis representative Koroush Partow said the development would be built by the company but management would be turned over to a company that specializes in such facilities.

“We’re builders,” he told the council.

Previous development ideas have stalled after vocal public opposition, with residents expressing concerns ranging from traffic to crime. But council members said the senior living concept sounded promising.

“I think it’s probably a need in the community,” said board member Jake Horazdovsky.

Following the discussion, the council voted unanimously to support the rezone with the understanding it would be for the purpose of a senior living development.

Email Star editor Matt Tunseth at [email protected] or call 257-4274.

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