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City OKs revised Silverwood plan
Questions remain on access road to senior housing development
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Rincon City Council members have approved a revised site plan for a proposed senior living complex, but they want more answers on an access road.

The original design of six buildings is being reconfigured to a single three-story edifice. The number of units planned will remain at 48.  Developers came up with new plans in part because of drainage issues.

“We went through several revisions of the plan,” said city planning director LaMeisha Kelly.

The development will be reserved for those who are 55 or older, and construction could be completed within four to five months after approval. The complex, Silverwood Place, will be built near the Kroger off Silverwood Drive.

Developers also will have a dedicated emergency access road to the building. But it’s where that road lies — and who would be responsible for repairs — that led council members to hold off on allowing construction to proceed.

Because that road would be on privately-owned land, council members questioned who would repair any damages to the road. Mayor Ken Lee said the city is wrangling with a similar issue with another development, where the city has had to step in to fix potholes and road damage.

“We’re looking at Towne Park, and we’re having to deal with that,” he said. “We want to know who is responsible for maintaining that road. We just acknowledgement of who is responsible.”

Added council member Paul Wendelken: “We can’t go on to private property to fix potholes.”

Jay Collins, managing general partner of Silverwood Place, said the developers could conduct any repairs. He said the company maintains the roads on all its properties, but this circumstance is a little different.

“I’m a little reticent to commit,” he said. “Theoretically, it devolves on the current owner. There are a lot of moving parts here.”

But if the current owner of the land where the access road will be put in doesn’t perform any repairs that may be needed, Collins said it may fall to the builders to do so.

“We would love to see contract to that effect,” said council members Frank Owens. “Why should I pay for a hole in your road?”

Council members also worried that the city, even though it doesn’t own the road, would be expected to repair any problems.

“The city will get bruised and beat up if the road deteriorates,” council member Levi Scott said.

City attorney Raymond Dickey worried that construction of the building would place a huge burden on the access road.

Developers said they expect to get certificates of occupancy in December, and Collins said they will own the property for 15 years.