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GLENDALE - The Glendale Common Council rejected a rezoning request for a 80-unit assisted living facility at the former Prange Greenhouse site after roughly 20 residents expressed concerns about the project during a public hearing on Monday, Feb. 13.

The project, proposed by developer Simon Donets, would construct two single-story, 26-foot-tall buildings with 80 assisted living units and 92 beds at 2510 W. Good Hope Road. Residents have expressed concerns at several public meetings regarding the size and density of the project, as well as the increase in traffic in the surrounding neighborhood near Good Hope and Range Line roads.

After hearing concerns from the residents, the council voted 3-1 to deny the developer's rezoning request as it was presented. Aldermen John Gelhard, Robert Whitaker and James Daugherty voted against the rezoning, while Alderman Richard Wiese voted in favor of rezoning the property.

Donets has been working on this project for three years. Before proposing the most recent version of the project, Donets won city approval to build two 20-unit assisted living facilities and an eight-lot subdivision. Those plans were upended when the Department of Natural Resources informed him of soil contamination that increased the cost of the project and made it financially impractical to develop five of the single family homes.

To make the project profitable, Donets doubled the density of the assisted living buildings. Instead of an eight-lot subdivision, he would sell one to three lots to a single-family home builder.

Although aldermen rejected the rezoning request for Donets' most recent proposal, he would still be able to work with city officials to develop a new plan.

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