Proposed Sylvania Twp. senior living facility gets push-back from neighbors

SYLVANIA TWP. (WTVG) - A new senior living facility could be coming to Sylvania Township, but not everyone is on board with the proposed project.

The two-story Vitalia Senior Residences at Sylvania would be built off Whiteford Road near Summerfield Road.

It's owned by Omni Senior Living, based out of Cleveland, which currently owns ten other facilities in Ohio. According to the developer's website, the facility would offer memory care, assisted and independent living.

However, those that live nearby feel that the building doesn't belong in a residential area.

"That's not why we move here," said Michael Mcinerney, who bought his house on Whiteford Road three years ago. "We didn't move here because we heard there was going to be something developing across the street."

The project is still in the very early stages, according to engineer George Oravecz.

"We are about a week-and-a-half away from submitting the plans to Sylvania Township," Oravecz said.

Oravecz mailed letters to surrounding neighbors inviting them to meetings to learn more about to proposed project. Many residents voiced concerns about increased traffic in an already highly congested area.

"We have been discussing out options and what improvements need to be done to Whiteford Road to accommodate this project."

Even with potential changes to traffic patterns, residents such as Mcinerney says he is considering moving if plans move forward.

"No one thought this was a good idea, no one was welcoming for it," Mcinerney said. "It's going to be a lot of lights, a lot of parking, a lot of traffic."

The proposed project is set to go before the Lucas County Planning Commission on September 25th at 9 AM and the Sylvania Twp. Board of Zoning Appeals on October 7th at 5 PM. Both meetings are open to the public.

If the plans are approved, construction could begin next spring.