Mount Jackson considers rezoning lot for retirement home

MOUNT JACKSON – The planning commission scheduled a public hearing for Sept. 7 to consider rezoning a piece of property for a company to build a retirement home in town.

People Incorporated, the prospective developers, builds retirement homes for low-income individuals. According to Chief Development Officer Bryan Phipps, the property the company is interested in will host 11 units, and construction could begin by September 2017.

“We think that Mount Jackson is a wonderful location for development, and hope to get pieces to fall together for us there,” he said.

The property the company would need to rezone lies on a vacant lot across the street from the Dollar General, according to Town Manager Kevin Fauber.

According to Phipps, the project would operate under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s 202 program, which provides supportive housing for the elderly.

He said the rent will be scaled to tenants’ income, who would only pay 30 percent of their gross monthly income to live in the units.

Although the development looks promising, some commissioners had questions they’d like to see answered.

Commissioner Robert Whitehurst Jr. said at the meeting that he knows the same company tried to develop a property in surrounding towns as well, and he’d like to know why things didn’t work out there.

Phipps said of the municipality shopping that People Incorporated did look into developing in New Market and Toms Brook, but could not find the right piece of land in New Market, and was turned down by representatives from Toms Brook who said it wouldn’t be a good fit for the community.

Community members are invited to share input and ask questions of both the company and the commissioners at the planning commission meeting at 7 p.m. Sept. 7.

Contact staff writer Jake Zuckerman at 540-465-5137 ext. 152, or jzuckerman@nvdaily.com