Paoli Residents Band Together to Oppose Construction of Another Assisted-Living Facility

Image of Margaux Jansen, far right, and others at the site of a proposed assisted-living facility in Paoli via David Swanson, Philadelphia Inquirer.

A number of Paoli residents have banded together to oppose the addition of another assisted-living center for seniors in their community, writes Erin McCarthy for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

“It just doesn’t fit,” said Margaux Jansen. “It doesn’t work.”

Jansen and around a dozen of her neighbors are objecting to a proposal by Alterra Property Group to construct a three-story, 127-unit assisted-living facility on Russell Road.

Plans for the Solera Senior Living facility are still in the early stages. But the group is concerned how it would affect stormwater runoff, encroachments on privacy, and traffic congestion. Residents are also worried about the risk of dementia patients wandering off and the burden that having another senior facility would put on volunteer firefighters and EMS.

The group has already met with Tredyffrin Township officials to discuss their concerns. They also credit the Alterra developers for trying to work with them to address their concerns.

“We are working in good faith to incorporate comments and feedback to create a project that is well-received by the community and fits with the context of the neighborhood,” said Matthew Pfeiffer, director of acquisitions for Alterra.

Read more about the proposed assisted-living facility in Paoli in the Philadelphia Inquirer here.

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