Paris City Council approves Gowin Parc expansion
The Paris City Council unanimously approved the zoning variance for parking that will allow Gowin Parc memory care in Paris to double its resident capacity.
The approval comes after more than three months of back-and-forth discussions between the City of Paris, neighbors of the facility in the Hidden Court area and representatives of Gowin Parc.
In the end, the council approved the “plan six” that was hashed out between the parties. Paris Mayor Craig Smith said he could give his support to the plan because it specifically states what the Gowin Parc developer must do to receive the variance that will allow on-street parking.
Smith noted the original variance by the Paris Zoning Commission was given when the Bee Hive Home was located in that neighborhood. Smith said he has spent considerable time walking the area and considering what could be done in the best interest of all the parties.
Commissioner Harry Hughes said if he had been on the council when the original variance was proposed, “I don’t think I would’ve supported it.” That’s in the past, he said, and the plan eventually approved Monday by the council provided the best for all parties, he observed.
The first discussions on the expansion began in September, commissioner Bob Boyer said following the meeting. He praised all of the parties for hammering out “a solution I think everyone can live with.”
Among the items required of Gowin Parc is the specific placement of a trash area, green space and landscaping as well as the erection of a privacy fence between the facility and the neighbor on the east, if that neighbor desires.
The expansion of the Gowin Parc memory care facility will double the occupancy from 12 residents to 24 residents. Work is expected to begin as soon as the weather cooperates.
See a full report on Monday evening’s Paris City Council meeting in Thursday’s edition of The Prairie Press.