Fort Worth: Cassco Development Plans Senior/Assisted Living Community
Feature Photo (above): As viewed from the Chisholm Trail Parkway, Cassco’s senior residence project will be on the undeveloped property between the spillway (right) and the Acme Brick corporate headquarters building (far left). Image: Google Streets.
by Adolfo Pesquera
Fort Worth (Tarrant County) — Cassco Development Co. obtained a high density mixed-use zoning for a senior/assisted living community in the Acme Brick Plaza district.
The Zoning Commission approved the amendment to Planned Development 630 at its June 12 session.
Cassco is the land development arm of the Edwards family, a pioneer Tarrant County clan that owned the 7,000-acre Edwards Ranch that predates the City of Fort Worth and within which many of the city’s historic landmarks reside. The senior/assisted living community is in Cassco’s Clearfolk development and adjacent to the Trinity Trails.
The 6.1-acre project site is southwest of Edwards Ranch Road and Clearfork Main Street. It abuts the east boundary of the Acme Brick corporate campus and is just north of the Clear Fork Trinity River.
A floodway channel that runs into the river on the property’s east boundary was the cause for one of several waivers requested by way of amendment to the existing PD, as was explained by Travis Clay of Peloton Land Solutions, the developer’s agent.
“This is a proposed senior living, assisted living, memory care facility,” Clay said.
Cassco is collaborating with Tradition Senior Living, a provider of high-end senior living and care communities. Tradition has two properties in Dallas and one in Houston, with a second under construction; Tradition Woodway is due to open in 2020.
No site plan was presented.
The senior/assisted living project site. Image: Google Earth.
City Staff Comments:
The site has limited street frontage today as there is a drainage channel that separates the development from Clearfork Main St and Acme Brick Plaza currently dead ends at a cul-de-sac at the northwest corner of the property. As other buildings have done within Clearfork, the developer is planning to maintain proximity and orientation towards the Trinity River while also maintaining frontage on existing roadways.
These conditions are why the developer is asking to increase the maximum front yard setback to 65 feet as opposed to 20 feet.
Also, with the nature of the development, senior living and assisted living (including memory care) having walkways and other super block breakers is difficult while trying to maintain a secured site for residents. Therefore, the applicant has also asked to increase the block perimeter to 2,200 feet.
The applicant has also requested that parking be calculated in an overall bedroom calculation of .75 spaces per bedroom, inclusive of all room types (senior multi-family, assisted living and memory care) where the ordinance requires additional parking based on gross floor area and employees.
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