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Somerset expansion taken up by South Boston council

SoVaNow.com / August 26, 2013
South Boston Town Council will meet this afternoon to consider a request to expand Somerset Assisted Living Facility, which recently changed hands in a sale to a Charlottesville-based group.

Council members will gather at the Yancey Street chambers for their monthly work session, beginning at 5:45 p.m.

The Current Issues Committee, headed by Councilman Bob Hughes, will review a recommendation by the Town Planning Commission to hold a public hearing at the regular monthly Council meeting on Sept. 9. The hearing would be called to consider a request by DECCA Group LLC and LGCK to rezone two parcels from R-1 Low Density Residential to B-2 General Business.

The applicant is requesting the rezoning to allow for the expansion of Somerset, which is located at 435 Hamilton Boulevard. Nursing homes and convalescent homes are a permitted use in B-2 districts.

The owners of Somerset recently announced the sale of the facility to the Commonwealth Assisted Living Group of Charlottesville. The owners said they had been assured that Commonwealth met their benchmarks and the company has a reputation for excellence throughout the operation of their 15 other facilities.

Commonwealth currently operates three facilities in the Northern Neck, one in the Shenandoah Valley, five in the Tidewater region and six others in Southwest Virginia.

In other business, the committee will consider appointments to the Lake Country Development Corporation. Council members had considered the matter earlier but decided to delay making the appointments until the fall.

Also, finance committee members will review the monthly finance report and learn of a request for funding from the anti-uranium group Virginia Coalition.



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