A Spring Branch developer had their zoning case postponed for an assisted living center, during a recent meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission. – Virtual Builders Exchange

Feature Illustration: Artist rendering of the assisted living facility, Haven at San Gabriel, by DFD Architects, Inc.

Posted: 7-2-2021

by Art Benavidez

Leander (Williamson County) — A Spring Branch developer had their zoning case postponed for an assisted living center, during a recent meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission.

The commission decided to postpone their decision until the July 8 meeting so that developers can notify 14 residents that live near the development.

The developers only notified residents within 200-feet of the proposed site instead of the required 500-foot notification perimeter that the commission requires.

The developers are seeking to convert the property from single family-local commercial (SF-LC) to Planned United Development-local commercial (PUD-LC).

The property is approximately 4.99-acres and located just east of Bagdad Road and West San Gabriel intersection, near Tom Glenn High School, in the north central portion of the city.

The proposed project will have access onto San Gabriel Parkway. The development is going under the name Haven at San Gabriel.

The Gan Group, LLC is developing the property through the special entity San Gabriel, LP.  

The Gan Group is proposing to develop a 65,000 square foot assisted living center and has developed similar facilities in Deer Park and College Station.

Doug Martine, director of development with The Gan Group, said that aesthetically speaking, they were trying to model the building with that of their neighbors.  

“This is not a state run facility,” he said. “It is private pay only and will be limited to assisted living memory care.”

Billy Johnson, director of construction operations with The Gan Group, told the commission that they tried to nestle their courtyards in a manner that will lift the spirits of their residents.

“We really try to spend a lot of time with our facilities, where our residents feel connected with the environment, especially the outdoors,” he said. “So we have internal courtyards.”

Martine said they are hoping to break ground on September 1.

The local architectural firm DFD Architects, Inc. released a site plan with the following specs:

  • Three courtyards
  • 70-units
  • 25-foot setbacks
  • 69 parking spaces
  • Monument sign  
  • Covered drop off area
  • Detention pond

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Will Davies, with DFD Architects, Inc., is on board the project.

John S. Lloyd currently owns the property through JSL Commercial Investments, LLC.

City Council is expected to vote on the rezoning at their meeting July 15.

VBX Project ID: 2021-4E47


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