By CRISTIN REECE
With the approval of a special use permit request, the City of Palestine has opened the door for a new business to build.
CP Homes of Dallas has chosen Palestine as the home for the newest branch of its nationwide assisted living retirement complex. City council members approved the property owner’s request to replat lots near the intersection of Texas 155 and Kickapoo Street in Palestine during the regular council meeting held Aug. 26, as per the Palestine Planning & Zoning Commission’s recommendation.
“We sent out eight notices to adjacent property owners,” City Development Services Director Jeffrey Lyons told the council during the meeting. “None, either for or against, were returned.”
Council members held a public hearing on the issue during the Aug. 26 meeting — no one from the general public spoke for or against the project. CP Homes Design Manager Danyale Webb told council members CP Homes provides an option for those seniors who still live an active life, but may still need a bit of help in day-to-day life at the same time.
“We are seeing a direct need as more and more Baby Boomers retire,” she said. “We’re all familiar with a traditional nursing home facility — we’re not a skilled nursing facility like those. We’re for those people who are maybe living on their own a little longer than they should because they just don’t need that type of care — they’re still active, still able to do most things but maybe just need a little help.”
She listed some of the private-pay facility’s amenities available to residents, like organized activities; an exercise room; social meal times; on-site laundry service; and all utilities paid.
“We don’t want Palestine’s facility to feel like anything but home,” Webb said.
According to the company’s website, Country Place Living “stresses individual care and comfort, and facilities are staffed to provide whatever level of assistance is necessary for their residents. Residences are constructed to exacting quality standards, and their modern and elegant interiors are designed to help seniors feel independent, secure, and dignified.”
The project could potentially bring as many as 30 jobs to the Palestine area.
“We research the communities we build in, and look for places where jobs are needed,” Webb said. “We like to know the people we have working for us are the people our residents know and are comfortable with.”
CP Homes, established in 1982, currently owns and operates homes in Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas and Alabama.