As 5,000 Cary residents turn 65 years old every year, a proposed 370-unit life care community development could bring the town one step closer to meeting a growing need for senior housing.
Mangum Development LLC, an N.C.-based medical office builder, is seeking to rezone about 21 acres across Kildaire Farm Road from WakeMed Cary Hospital from residential to mixed use. This would allow for the development of the Paraclete Professional Park – a 475,000-square-foot life-care community with 240 independent living units and 130 assisted living units with additional office space. It also could have additional residential units or a 150-room hotel.
“We do feel that this being more mixed and being more walkable, this facility ... is going to be more of a campus-like atmosphere,” said J.W. Shearin, a Cary land planning consultant representing the applicant, at a public hearing in January. “It’s going to have central gardens, fountains. It will have dependent and independent care.”
The project comes at a time when the town has been trying to respond to the need for senior housing.
In early 2015, the Aging Issues Task Force, a group of Cary officials and residents appointed by the town, completed a five-month-long ...