The Westerville Planning Commission gave its unanimous approval Monday night for the first phase of a new assisted-living facility to be built at the southeast corner of North Spring and Maxtown roads.

The Westerville Planning Commission gave its unanimous approval Monday night for the first phase of a new assisted-living facility to be built at the southeast corner of North Spring and Maxtown roads.

Members voted 6-0 on a final development plan for phase one of Parkside Village, which allows for construction of a three-story, 190,000-square foot building. It is one of two buildings proposed for the site. Commission member Matt Whitehead was absent.

Planning administrator Rich Kight said the proposal for Parkside Village remains basically the same since it was first brought before the planning commission in September and approved by Westerville City Council in November.

Plans for the facility call for 206 living units -- 80 independent housing units, 90 assisted-living units and 25 "memory-care" units.

"The purpose of this is to allow a person to stay in their community while they move through the states of care as their needs change," said Bill Lemmon, founder of Lemmon & Lemmon Inc., the project's applicant.

The 206 units will all be housed in the three-story building to be constructed during phase one.

Phase two calls for a one-story, skilled nursing care facility to be built on the northern half of the site, but that will require separate approval from the planning commission and possibly city council.

Planning commission members said such a facility is needed in Westerville.

"This will be a great asset to keep all the members of our community involved and active," said commission member Shannon Hammons.

"I'm glad to have another needed facility such as yours in the area," said commission member Gerald Domanik. "We're pleased to see this as a development."

The commission also voted 6-0 to allow a new day care center to be located in a vacant building on Dempsey Road.

Applicant Saed Hadjarpour will soon begin renovations of the 7,350-square-foot building at 840 Dempsey Road, which will house the second Nikou Learning Center in Westerville.

"This is a family business, and the facility (shares) his daughter's name," said Kevin Humphries, a lawyer representing Hadjarpour. "There is a personal family interest in this project."

The new day care center would have space for 118 children and 13 staff members.

The building at 840 Dempsey Road is located on an older site, and is in need of renovation, according to staff reports. Planning commission members said they were glad that a building in need of repairs would be renovated for the new use.

"I'm glad to see someone come in with plans to clean up that site. It will be an improvement," said commission member Kim Burton.