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Fenton Neighbors Not Happy about $10 Million MediLodge Proposal

Residents say increased traffic, drop in property values are major concerns.

A wouldn’t make a good neighbor according to a few Fenton residents.

In August, MediLodge submitted a proposal to Fenton officials for a "next generation" $10 million-plus senior citizens' skilled nursing and rehabilitative services facility, in a vacant area of a Fenton subdivision. The proposed development would be on 30 acres of the Pine Creek North Planned Unit Development, on the townhouse portion of the site closest to the Eddy Lake Road entrance.

However, those that live in the area said they are just hearing about the proposal and aren’t happy about it.

“Our main concern is the increased traffic in the neighborhood,” said Rachel Oberle. “Medilodge looks like a perfectly fine facility, but it shouldn’t be in a residential area.”

Oberle said there are five homes in the area along with 12 condos. She said most homes have small children, many of which walk to Tomek-Eastern Elementary School. Andrea Brewster lives in one of those homes and said she the traffic would be a concern for her children.

“Ambulances will be coming and going. There will be construction traffic and noise,” Brewster said. “People come from all over to walk their dogs or ride a bike. It’s supposed to be a residential neighborhood.”

Initial planning for the 90-acre Pine Creek North took place in the late 1990s before the development of the site stalled. Some single family and attached residential units were completed, while others weren’t.

The Medilodge proposal requires planning commission and city council approval. Brewster and Oberle plan to voice their opinions at the city council meeting on Monday.

“We just found out Sunday. No one contacted us or told us about it,” Brewster said. “It’s right across from my house. I just don’t think it’s a great idea.”

Oberle is also concerned about the property value of her home. She said many neighbors have said if the facility is built, they will sell or rent their homes.

“I don’t understand how it’s not considered a medical facility. I don’t understand how it falls under the zoning,” Oberle said. “I don’t think it should be allowed back there. It was intended to be a residential area.”

In August, Councilman Les Bland said he believes it would be a super use of the land, which has been sitting there without being developed for the last seven years.

Sean Rosekrans January 11, 2013 at 01:03 PM
We have a nursing home facility in our neighborhood and other then speeding employees have had no problems with it at all. Over all they have been great neighbors.
Sean Rosekrans January 11, 2013 at 01:04 PM
We have a nursing home facility in our neighbor hood. Other then employee speeding we have not had any problems. Over all I would say they have been great neighbors.
Beth Bandy January 11, 2013 at 02:38 PM
It's sad that this would be considered ok for a residential area when regardless of people living there it is a business...actually a very lucrative one. It sounds to me as with everything the "leaders" behind this are all about the $$$ and how it politically will look when they can claim creating jobs for the next re-election. Big picture wise I am sure they aren't caring about screwing 5-10 families. Pretty scary that all this planning has been going on and these homeowners have not heard about this until a few days ago. If it were me I would feel like a victim I being a citizen of Fenton right now.
Why Do You Care January 11, 2013 at 04:23 PM
First off her last name is spelt Oberle. Second off, I have worked in facilities similar to this and I can not understand why they think it would be a good idea to place one there. These politicians, as Beth Bandy said, all they care about is the money and couldn't care about those families. As for Brewster's concern for traffic, it is a major concern. With the rise of texting and driving, it would only be a mater of time before someone gets hurt because of these politian's greed; whether its financially, physically, or the basic sense of safety.
Why Do You Care January 11, 2013 at 04:32 PM
It's elderly people. If they need emergency care,such as go to a hospital, they will go in an ambulance.
Sean Rosekrans January 11, 2013 at 06:03 PM
In the 15 years I have lived near a facility I know of no accidents involving ambulances which come and go at a regular basis.
Sean Rosekrans January 11, 2013 at 06:04 PM
Again I have lived by this type of facility for 15 years and do not know of one accident involving the facility. It appears to me you are making a big deal out of a non issue.
Joe Nagy January 11, 2013 at 07:48 PM
With the baby boomers retiring, everyone better get ready for more and more retirement communities. They will basically be new neighborhoods.
Rachel January 11, 2013 at 11:33 PM
MediLodge doesn't function as a retirement community or a nursing home. They are primarily a medical facility, providing outpatient and clinical care. They don't belong in a residential subdivision. Additionally, daily ambulance traffic may be considered merely a nuisance, but 80-100 employees speeding down our residential streets is extremely dangerous, especially to our children who walk to school on streets with no sidewalks. I would also be interested in a response from MediLodge and the Pine Creek North Development Group.
Wendy W January 12, 2013 at 01:47 PM
Well, if they are building a facility, whereever they locate it, I hope they have a warm water community pool for all. That's the BEST kind of therapy and should be as easily accessible as Walgreen's and CVS. Warm Water therapy (90-94 deg) is not promoted enough and makes a HUGE difference to those with arthritis, musculoskeletal issues, stroke rehab. It's not just for old people.
Andrew Schwab January 14, 2013 at 02:56 AM
Local care for senior citizens and increased revenue to the city are good things. But it appears that neighborhood involvement and planning are still issues that need to be addressed.
Bruce Stewart January 14, 2013 at 03:02 PM
Bruce S. Not in a residential area, if the city fathers want a medilodge facility inside the city limits there is plenty of vacant land in properly zoned areas along Fenway Dr. and Alloy St. they are much closer to freeways, emergency services and local medical ficilities than the proposed Eddy Lake rd. location.

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