Proposed assisted living project is resurrected near Ford’s Colony

It seems the proposed retirement community adjacent to Fords Colony is being resurrected.

Retirement Unlimited, Inc., based in Roanoke and founded by the Fralin and Waldron families in 1984 is spearheading the project.

Tim Trant, a Kaufman & Canoles attorney has requested that the design proposal be placed on the James City County Development Review Committee (DRC) January 2019 agenda in order to discuss the project and seek input and questions from the DRC members.

This proposed development is south of the Firestone Road entrance into Ford’s Colony and located on News Road between its intersections with Centerville Road and Monticello Avenue. The property is approximately 180 acres and is currently zoned R-4 and is designated Low Density Residential by the 2035 Comprehensive Plan.
To date the applicant has submitted a conceptual master plan, land use narrative and brochure.

In 2007, Realtec the developer of Ford’s Colony had proposed building Continuing Care Facility. Residents raised concerns about the facility and the implications of growing community costs. In response, a supplemental declaration to the Master Plan was implemented the following year to limit growth to property already approved in the revised Ford’s Colony Master Plan. Unfortunately, the recession prevented the plans and the project was shelved. 

The previously approved master plan from 2007 shows 741 senior housing units (206 independent living cottages and townhouses, 390 independent living apartments, 85 assisted living beds and 60 skilled nursing beds).
The new conceptual master plan shows a decrease in units to the following: 550 senior housing units (230 independent living cottages and townhomes for sale and rent, 180 independent living apartments, 60 assisted living beds, 40 memory care beds and 40 skilled nursing beds). With Ordinance updates in the years since 2007, this development would fall under the use Continuing Care Retirement Community as it is an age-restricted development that is planned, designed and operated to provide a full range of accommodations for senior citizens, including independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing components.

The following description is from their brochure on the development:

The Village at Ford’s Colony will be a full continuum campus located on 180 acres across from the Ford’s Colony community. The master-planned gated continuing care and retirement community will provide Purposeful Living to 55+ adults that want to maintain an Active and Independent Lifestyle while bringing peace of mind by having various levels of care available on the same campus.
Within this community structure, couples are able to be on different levels of care or services while remaining in the same residence. The Retirement Unlimited, Inc. project will include three main living options: ·

-Cottages/townhouses/quadplex (including rental and for-sale)
· Independent Living building · Assisted Living, Memory Care, and Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation in the same building

These services will all be available for monthly fees versus the buy-in model. The rental cottages will include interior and exterior maintenance, a call light, access to campus building and outside amenities and the ability to buy additional services a la carte (housekeeping, laundry, personal care, meals).
The for-sale cottages will be part of a HOA that has access to campus building and outside amenities and include a discounted membership for food services. A similar discount program would be created for Ford’s Colony residents as well.
The Independent Living building will include first floor “clubhouse” features for the cottage and Independent Living residents including a spa and salon, pool, fitness, RUI University, bistro/café and two different dining venues with a full-service bar. An additional dining venue will be located upstairs for Independent Living building residents should they want to dine separately. In addition to the care and services, there will be a guarded gate entrance as well as fob access.

Retirement Unlimited currently operates seven communities offering retirement living in the state of Virginia.

Want to learn more ?

The JCC Development Review Committee will meet at 4 p.m. Jan 23 at the JCC
Government Complex
101 Mounts Bay Road
Building A
Williamsburg, VA 23185

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