Hilliard officials are trying to reach an agreement with the developer of a proposed skilled-care and assisted-living community at Britton Parkway and Davidson Road – but it could take some time.

The proposal, which Hilliard City Council had rejected in February, was brought back before council members March 26, but they tabled it until April 23.

David Meadows, Hilliard’s economic-development director, said city leaders “need to vet things with the property owner and Norwich Township.”

Councilman Les Carrier told ThisWeek before the meeting occurred that he would ask for it to be postponed.

“I think (we) need more time,” he said.

Trilogy Health Services, based in Louisville, Kentucky, is planning to build a $15 million, 80,000-square-foot facility on the south side of Davidson Road just west of Britton Parkway – a stone’s throw from the new library and apartments at Hickory Chase.

“We’re looking at and exploring our options,” said Ross Oberhausen, director of development and client operations for DMK Development Group, which also is based in Louisville and is representing Trilogy.

On March 12, Carrier asked for the legislation to be reconsidered after City Council had rejected an ordinance Feb. 26 that was required for the project to advance.

Carrier’s request led a contingent of local leaders, including Meadows, Hilliard law director Tracy Bradford, Norwich Township fire Chief Jeff Warren, Norwich trustee Chuck Buck and Carrier, to meet March 15 with the DMK Development Group.

“I don’t know if we will reach an agreement but there is a lot more clarity,” Carrier said.

Norwich officials inquired about a compensation package as part of an agreement, he said.

Oberhausen said he expects further discussion of the proposal to include Mayor Don Schonhardt, who was not present at the March 15 meeting.

Oberhausen said he disputes Warren’s original assessment that Trilogy would generate about 100 additional calls for service each year.

“We think it will be about 30 additional calls for service (annually),” he said.

Oberhausen said DMK provided Warren with figures from Trilogy’s other Ohio markets. Trilogy has 22 communities in Ohio but none are yet open in central Ohio, though a community is under construction in Pickerington and a site is being considered in Gahanna, he said.

The agreement could include compensation for Norwich Township but it remains undetermined whether the city or Trilogy would do so, Oberhausen said.

Warren said March 26 he still was seeking information about Trilogy’s other facilities and gathering other data to better estimate how many calls for service Trilogy’s Hilliard facility would generate.

“One hundred fifty runs isn’t all that bad if the facility has 500 beds occupied, but it is if the facility has 75 beds and 150 runs,” Warren said.

Hilliard’s proposed community would have 50 skilled-care beds, 40 assisted-living units and 20 independent-living suites, Oberhausen said.

The 50 skilled-care beds are designed to hold patients for no more than 30 days after discharge from a hospital. Patients would work with occupational, physical and speech therapists, he said.

Assisted-living units also provide skilled-staff care for patients and independent-living suites would provide a residency option for those who do not require skilled care but want to live near a spouse, Oberhausen said.

Background

Carrier said he was moved to seek reconsideration of the legislation after an unplanned encounter with a proponent of the development at a Hilliard restaurant.

Carrier, along with Andy Teater, Tom Baker and Nathan Painter, on Feb. 26 voted against a planned-unit-development modification that was required for Trilogy to build; Al Iosue, Kelly McGivern and Pete Marsh voted in favor of it.

It also had the approval of city staff members, the administration and the planning-and-zoning commission.

Its rejection was not welcomed by Schonhardt.

“Trilogy is a respected developer of continuing-care facilities, which would have benefitted our aging residents,” he said at the time. “Additionally, this project would have brought an estimated $18 million investment (construction and furnishing) with $4.2 million in new payroll. I am disappointed that City Council has turned this project down instead of affording the developer the opportunity to table the decision and respond to concerns.”

Carrier said he voted against the legislation Feb. 26 because the senior-community development likely would generate a considerable demand for emergency-medical service, and because it would be build on a parcel with a tax-increment-financing district attached, which would prevent Norwich Township from receiving additional tax revenue during the term of the TIF.

In asking for reconsideration, Carrier said, he wants to have discussions to see if agreement can be reached.

The motion to reconsider the legislation was approved 5-1. Painter voted against it and Teater was absent.

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