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Matthews set to buy land for assisted living project

Preparations are getting underway for construction on Windsor Run, even though building won’t start until late 2016.

Windsor Run is planned to be a large Erickson Continuing Care Retirement Community that will take up 105 acres on McKee Road – at the Mecklenburg Union County border.

Matthews commissioners gave the green light last week to Town Manager Hazen Blodgett to begin negotiations for right-of-way acquisition at Pleasant Plains and McKee roads.

The N.C. Department of Transportation is requiring Erickson to make improvements at that intersection before construction can begin. As part of the Erickson site plan approval years ago, the town agreed to acquire the right-of-way.

Matthews Public Works Director C.J. O’Neill said the right-of-way and temporary construction easements needed are minimal and estimates a total cost of $25,000 or less.

Erickson has committed to obtaining its first building permit by Dec. 1, 2016, at which time it will owe the town $3 million for road improvements in Matthews, also part of the agreement with the town.

If the building permit is not in place by that time, Erickson will reimburse Matthews the right-of-way acquisition cost.

The Erickson project was proposed in 2007, but was put on hold during the recession.

In February 2014, the project was renewed when the company requested the Matthews officials approve a 200-unit reduction in the number of independent living units. It is now aiming for 900 independent living units, and a still-to-be-determined number of assisted living and memory care units and skilled nursing beds.

Erickson officials have not yet finalized a construction or build-out schedule for the project, saying the work will be determined by the demand for senior housing.

Melinda Johnston is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Melinda? Email her at m.johnston@carolina.rr.com.

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