extends Bradley Bay deadline
By Jeff Gallatin
Published Dec. 21, 2005
the clock nears the end of this year, city council has given more
time for consideration of the $7 million Bradley Bay Health Center
On Dec. 12, council unanimously approved the 60-day extension sought
by the planning commission for further consideration of the project
sought by Bradley Bay owner John O'Neill Jr. If council had not
approved the extension, the time period for consideration of the
proposal would have expired, meaning council could have no longer
considered it and city law would have deemed it approved.
"It's something the commission had to have for further consideration
of the issue since the planning commission and the board of zoning
appeals are both having to look at it," said Ward 4 Councilman Brian
Cruse, who is also city council president-elect beginning in 2006.
Currently the proposal, which would expand the existing home on
Bradley Road, has a series of possible zoning variances set to go
before the board. The planning commission sent the proposal to the
board in September to consider the multiple variances. Included
in the expansion plans are 32-independent living suites and beds
for 56 Alzheimer's patients. The zoning variances would cover different
aspects of the work which would be needed for the expansion.
If the board approves the variances, then the proposal would have
to go back to the Planning Commission for final approval of the
project. However, if the Bradley Bay project backers don't like
the commission's final ruling, that ruling could be appealed to
city council for consideration.
O'Neill and his attorney, Gary Werner, could not be reached for
comment prior to deadline.
David Tadych, council's representative to the Planning Commission,
said the additional time is necessary for the BZA and the Planning
Commission to handle the issue.
Citizens and city officials have been discussing the issue since
O'Neill initially sought approval for the project more than a year
ago. There have been two lawsuits as a result with others possible
depending on the upcoming rulings, parties involved in the matter
have indicated. Opponents of the proposal have said the project
will lower property values for parts of the nearby neighborhood.
However, O'Neill and his attorney Werner have said the project will
not decrease property values. O'Neill also has submitted to the
Planning Commission the names of more than 200 supporters of the
Officials also pondered what criteria should be used to consider
the expansion. City officials said they don't have zoning codes
for the type of facilities proposed in the project and eventually
ruled that the project would be judged via criteria set up for apartment
buildings. However, Werner challenged that ruling, saying he didn't
think the apartment building criteria was proper for the Bradley
Bay expansion project proposed by O'Neill.