More senior living options coming to Kyle

More options for senior living facilities in Kyle could be on the horizon. 

On Feb. 13, the Kyle Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of a conditional use permit (CUP) for a new senior living facility to be located near Seton Hays.

Developers of the new facility submitted an application, with the city’s Planning Department looking at the overall design aesthetic and building materials.

Officials in the Planning Department felt the facility met the current requirements within the city’s Interstate 35 Overlay standards.

Kyle City Planner Will Atkinson said the building still has several other permits to apply for before development, but he expects the facility to begin construction before the end of the year. The facility is expected to go before the Kyle City Council at a later date.

The proposed 65,000-square-foot property would be located near Seton Medical Center Hays off of Philomena Drive. The lot is located between Bluestem and Buttercup streets between both entrances of the Prairie on the Creek subdivision.

The new facility, which will have 86 rental units, will be an addition to the three other senior living facilities already in the city of Kyle.

Comparatively, Orchard Park of Kyle offers about 100 beds, New Haven Assisted Living and Memory care offers two 16-bedroom homes, and Legend Oaks Healthcare and Rehabilitation offers 126 beds.

According to Wallethub’s findings on best states to retire to in 2018, Texas ranked 22nd out of the 50 states in the U.S. Texas ranked well in affordability, but lower in the categories of quality of life and health care.

Kyle Mayor Travis Mitchell said senior living is a growing market in the Kyle area. He said several other development groups are looking to come to Kyle in the near future.

Mitchell said the city has taken votes on other facilities that are also being proposed.

One of the primary aspects of the growing senior population is access to medical care at Seton Hays, Mitchell said.

While Kyle does compete with Buda for senior facilities, Mitchell said the city has “soft power” to where they don’t have to entice developers to make their way to Kyle.

“Seton has been wildly successful in Kyle and has generated ancillary medical buisnesses around our community,” Mitchell said. “As a result, it creates a great opportunity for the senor living community.”

More information on the WalletHub study can be found online at https://wallethub.com/edu/best-and-worst-states-to-retire/18592

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