Casmira Harrison @casmiraDBNJ

PORT ORANGE — A westside ecotourism business wants the city to allow a three-story assisted-living facility on land abutting Taylor Road. And recently, as in other Volusia County communities, city leaders paved the way.

The owners of Cracker Creek, a kayak rental company along Spruce Creek, have partnered with a Texas-based developer to build the 112,000-square-foot facility with a memory care center on a 10-acre parcel at 1815 Taylor Road. The proposed plan includes about 140 beds, according to an attorney for the developer.

After a short discussion about traffic impact on an already bustling Dunlawton Avenue corridor, the City Council seemed to be satisfied with the developer’s proposal and voted unanimously in favor of a zoning change and building height increase from the permitted height of 45 feet to 59 feet in a first hearing.

“Anything other than more retail,” Mayor Allen Green said referring to the excess of traffic on Dunlawton, just east of the proposed site.

The concern about traffic is a big one for city leaders, but the attorney for the landowners, Glenn Storch, said this and other planned ALFs are needed and have a relatively low traffic impact.

“I’ve done a lot of ALFs recently, and we support it because there is such a drastic need in this area,” Storch told city leaders. “We have an aging population. There’s a real need for it and we’re woefully unprepared for it.”

OTHER ALFs ON WAY

In New Smyrna Beach, a former building on N. Dixie Freeway is being converted into a three-story, 40-room assisted living facility. And in Daytona Beach Shores, another landowner is putting the finishing touches on a 45-bed assisted living facility, more than 10 years after the developer bought the riverfront lot off Cardinal Boulevard, and in DeLand and Deltona, work

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