Missouri City: Presbyterian Church Plans Assisted Living/Independent Living Complex
Feature Photo (above): An assisted living and independent living community is being planned for this site on the Southminster Presbyterian Church property; the church can be seen in the background. Image: Google Streets.
by Adolfo Pesquera
Missouri City (Fort Bend County) — The Southminster Presbyterian Church is planning an assisted living and independent living seniors complex to be built out over the next few years.
The project known as Cartwright Senior Living Community, 4200 Cartwright Road, came before the Planning & Zoning Commission on Wednesday with a request to create a planned development district. It came before the commission with a positive recommendation from Development Services Director Otis T. Spriggs.
The project site is 5.55 acres of a 9-acre tract owned by the church. It is north of the Enclave subdivision and the Fort Bend Family YMCA and east of the Plantation Park subdivision.
Southminster Presbyterian purchased the land in the 1980s and built their church on the north end of the property. They obtained a specific use permit in 2001, the intention at the time being they would eventually add a school. However, the church leadership has since reconsidered its plans.
On Aug. 14, 2019, the P&Z Commission heard a request from Southminster Presbyterian to zone the property for a senior living community that would include an assisted living facility and an independent living facility. After receiving feedback from the commission and their request for more detail, the church returned Wednesday to provide an update on the planned phases.
Phase 1 will commence on or about June 2020. This stage includes construction of a three-story assisted living facility that will provide 143 beds (units).
Phase 2 will commence on or about January 2021. This stage includes construction of a three-story independent living facility that will provide 52 dwelling units.
The master site plan was also updated to show phasing and the relocation of the two facilities.
Site plan courtesy Missouri City public records.
City staff recommendation was to allow the PDD, subject to certain condition. These include that the height of both the assisted living and the independent living buildings be limited to 45 feet; a 30-foot greenbelt shall be adjacent to property lines, with a 15-foot lawn between buildings, driveways and parking areas; there should be a minimum of 117 parking spaces for the assisted living facility, 81 spaces for the independent living facility, and the parking allowance may be up to seven 2-car garages.
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