Varenhorsts revise $4m assisted living proposal in hopes of answering neighborhood concerns
Vern and Stephen Varenhorst will again go before the Storm Lake Board of Adjustment to request a special exception to construct a 44-unit, $4 million assisted living home in Storm Lake. The zoning board meets next Wednesday.
The Varenhorsts are designing, financing and building the facility, which will then be leased to Methodist Manor. At the end of ten years Methodist Manor will take over ownership of the facility.
The proposed site is on the west side of Otsego Street between Fourth and Fifth Streets. The Varenhorsts first approached the board of adjustment last May requesting a special exception to construct a 72-unit assisted and independent living facility. The request was denied after neighbors raised concerns about the potential impact the facility would have on infrastructure and the neighborhood in general.
Since last May Stephen Varenhorst, from Storm Lake and now a Pennsylvania-based architect, said they have taken into account those concerns.
"We had downsized the project considerably and redesigned it so it is compatible with the neighborhood," Varenhorst said.
Read the rest of this article in the 12/07 Pilot Tribune.