People Inc. abandons retirement home plans in Mount Jackson

MOUNT JACKSON – The town manager announced at a planning commission meeting Monday that People Inc. has withdrawn its request for a special-use permit with the town and abandoned its plan to build a retirement home for low income individuals.

In a letter dated Oct. 11, 2016, the company’s CEO, Robert Goldsmith, wrote a letter to Kevin Fauber, the town manager, formally withdrawing People Inc. from the permit process.

“I regret to inform you that, despite our best efforts, we are unable to obtain the necessary approvals from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to enable the project to move forward,” the letter states.

People Inc. had been planning to build 11 one-bedroom units on a plot of land across from the Dollar General in town for individuals who qualify for low income housing.

The town rezoned the land for the company in September so it could go forward in its
application process. However, concerns about storm water drainage on-site hampered plans.

In a telephone interview Tuesday, Goldsmith said the company’s withdrawal did not have any connection to the drainage concerns. He said regulatory issues and tight deadlines made the project too difficult to continue.

“We didn’t think we would be able to get that done within the time that we had allotted,” he said.

At this point, Goldsmith said the company is looking into relocating the project in Washington County, though the idea is still in its early stages.

Fauber said although the company will not build the retirement home, the plot of land will remain zoned as is.

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