Mount Jackson to hold public hearing on retirement home

The Mount Jackson Planning Commission will host a public hearing today to hear citizen comments on the potential rezoning of a plot of land to host a retirement home.

People Incorporated, the potential developer, builds retirement homes for low-income individuals. The company is proposing building a one-level facility with 11 one-bedroom apartments on a vacant lot across the street from the Dollar General.

A unit will cost its tenant 30 percent of his or her gross monthly income, according to Bryan Phillips, People Incorporated’s chief development officer, .

Bonnie Good, chairwoman of the Planning Commission, said there’s a demand in town for new retirement homes and she’d encourage citizens to come out and offer their two cents.

“This is a topic that should interest a lot of people,” she said. “There has been a lot of interest over time in having a home situation for the elderly and this is a type of option we can use in the community effectively.”

If passed, construction on the development could begin in September 2017, according to an August interview with Phillips.

According to the meeting’s agenda, the commission will take citizen comment beginning at 7 p.m. It will then discuss the matter before deciding on whether or not to pass the decision up to the Town Council at its September meeting.

Contact staff writer Jake Zuckerman at 540-465-5137 ext. 152, or

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