Despite objections from neighbors in the Grove Park subdivision, the Forsyth County Planning Commission recommended moving ahead with a new medical rehabilitation facility on Sanders Road.
At the meeting on Tuesday, the planning board voted 4-1, with District 3 representative Keith Banké opposed, to recommend commissioners approve a conditional-use permit for HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Forsyth County, LLC to operate a hospital and health service in a proposed 74,500-square-foot building with 160 parking spaces on at 1165, 1175 and 1195 Sanders Road.
“I did hear tonight that the Grove Park representatives who spoke are open to the use of this property. I believe that this application will have a positive impact on our community. I’d like it to have a positive impact on Grove Park specifically, as well, and I think we can achieve that by working together,” said District 5 representative Tim Dineen.
Jeff Clement, with Grove Park, wore red to the meeting in protest along with many of his neighbors and said the neighborhood was “united in opposition to this development.”
“We’re not opposed to development, per se, but we are opposed to this development and their tactics by which they seek approval,” Clement said. “We’re also concerned about the buffer. They brought that up [when speaking]. Existing plans have been insufficient to give us confidence that our property values are protected. There are 149 homes in Grove Park, combined appraisal values are conservatively estimated to be $56 million.”
Clement said new plans had been submitted that day and residents did not have time to look over them and expressed concerns with the woods around homes being replaced with a medical facility.
Officials representing the development said the project would have less impact than uses like stores or fast food restaurants.
“The type of vehicular activity that we generate is significantly less than you would find in an equivalent retail facility on this site,” said Art Wilson, chief real estate office with HealthSouth. “We have a great deal of our facilities reside in a neighborhood setting very similar to what we have in Forsyth.”
The next step in the process is going to the board of commissioners for final approval.