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Public Hearing on Proposed Farmington Assisted Living Facility to Resume

Do you think Farmington needs another assisted living facility?

Farmington Town Hall. Credit: Patch File Photo
Farmington Town Hall. Credit: Patch File Photo
The public hearing for a proposed Route 6 assisted living facility will continue at the Town Planning and Zoning Commission's Monday meeting.

After a lengthy public hearing last week, the Farmington Town Planning and Zoning Commission tabled its decision on the proposal.

Columbia Wegman Acquisitions, LLC applied to build an assisted living facility in Farmington. The proposed site is on Route 6 across from Village Gate, an independent senior living community, according to Philip Dunn Jr., the commission chairman. 

The Washington D.C. company is looking to put the facility at 99, 101 and 111 Scott Swamp Road and has applied for a zone change and special permit to do so. The applicant has also submitted a site plan for the project. 

"The zone change requires a finding that there is a need for one of these facilities in Farmington," Dunn said. 

Directors from Village Gate, Middlewoods and the Gables said it is not, address the commission at the meeting about "their own difficulties renting units over the last few years," Dunn said.

Traffic was a major focus of the conversation about the proposal and "whether access onto Route 6 was safe," Dun said. While the commission brought up the idea of an access point on Hyde Road, the applicant and neighbors opposed that option.  

The applicant is researching the traffic questions officials posed in preparation to discuss them at the Jan. 27 meeting.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in Town Council chambers at Town Hall, which is located at 1 Monteith Drive in Farmington, off of Route 4 (Farmington Avenue). 

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