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Rest home facility in the works
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City planners have approved plans for a 175-bed rehabilitation and nursing facility at 1930 E. Hatch Road.

The Ceres Planning Commission okayed a conditional use permit for Hatch Road Rehabilitation Center on Sept. 8.

The 47,348 square foot singe-story facility is being proposed on less than four acres south of Hatch Road between Stonum Road and Central Avenue by Dr. Meetinder Rai. The center would provide 24 hours per day care for persons 60 years of age or older. Services will be provided to patients in need of rehabilitation care as well as elderly needing daily living care. City officials estimate that the center would employ 130 employees, of which 60 will be on day shifts.

The parking lot will be oversized to accommodate 147 vehicles.

The facility will include physical therapy and occupational therapy rooms, two dining areas, two patio areas and a total of 77 living units. Of the 77 units, 22 will accommodate up to three persons, and 54 to accommodate only two persons.

City planners supported the proposal since it matched the land uses and development standards under the Administrative Profession (A-P) zone.

Senior Planner Tom Westbrook said that the proposed use is a "good fit" for the Hatch Road block which already has several churches, a school, Davis Guest Home and a doctor's office.

Ceres only has two moderate-sized facilities to care for persons. Davis Guest Home on Hatch Road, cares for adults

During the Planning Commission discussion of the project, water was brought up. The applicant was required to conduct a water demand analysis which determined the project would draw 100 gallons per minute for a "limited maximum daily demand impact." To mitigate this impact the city will need to develop new water sources or the developer must.