The Homestead City Council approved ordinances on Wednesday that put into motion a 202-unit assisted-living facility and the addition of two stories onto a local hotel.
The commission granted the ALF a zoning change for the 10.14 acres they want to build on south of Campbell Drive and north of the Mowry Canal.
The commission also voted to give representatives of the ALF, which would span 139,000 square feet, an increased height variance for the project from the standard 35 feet to 60 feet.
Gabriel Salazar, of Salazar Architectural Group, said the height increase is because in ALFs the floor plan can’t be too wide because it is easier for elderly people to change floor than walk long distances.
Commissioners also voted to grant the Hampton Inn, located at 2855 NE Ninth St., a height variance that would allow the hotel to increase its height to 95 feet, which would leave room for two extra floors.
A representative from the hotel said that the facility averages an 80 percent occupancy rate and the building was originally built to support the two extra floor.
When asked by commissioners whether any residents in houses nearby had been contacted about the construction, the representative said they had done mailings, but nothing else, which some commissioners found to be too little notice for a project this size.
The sixth and seventh stories would add 62 suites.
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