A secure Alzheimer and dementia facility and a wellness recovery center are coming to Milford Township, Bucks County.
At a regular business meeting June 4, Milford Township supervisors approved the conditional use for 40-acres of the Milford Village property, fronted by Route 663 and known as Phase 6.
Supervisors voted 2-0 to approve the conditional use, subject to a land development application.
Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman Bob Mansfield did not attend the meeting.
“I think most of us have been touched by Alzheimer’s, whether with a family member or loved one, and I see a great need for this in our community,” said Supervisor Tom Courduff.
ALPAS LLC of Springfield Township along with LifeQuest will be co-developing the Phase 6 parcel.
LifeQuest and Caracor LLC of Upper Macungie Township are co-developers of Milford Village, a massive 216-acre multi-use development project.
Sean Smith founder of ALPAS said it was his desire to give back to the community.
“I looked in a lot of places and a lot of townships and this property is unique and special. It has the environmental structures I was looking for,” he said.
The proposed 70,000-square-foot wellness center would offer from 30 to 120-day voluntary addiction and recovery stays with no more than 50 beds.
The proposed 45,000-square-foot memory care building would offer holistic, secure services to patients with no more than 60 beds.
“We want to create as comfortable and cozy of a home atmosphere for all the residents and clients as possible,” Smith said.
Phase 6 was originally approved for up to 75 residential single family homes and townhouses at market value. The homes were open market, which means they were not age restricted.
The project reduces the amount of impervious surface area and will not add students to Quakertown Community School District rolls.
The wellness and memory centers will also reduce the land use impact, according to Smith. He said the plan included woodland preservation along with adding additional landscaping, plantings and gardens.
“We’re looking to do something different here,” Smith said.
Last year, supervisors granted approval to St. Luke’s University Health Network to build its newest campus, recently named St. Luke’s Upper Bucks.
Once completed in 2019, St. Luke’s Upper Bucks replaces the current St. Luke’s Quakertown Hospital.
Del Markward is founder of Caracor LLC, a real estate development and investment firm in Upper Macungie Township and co-developer with LifeQuest of Milford Village.
Roger Hiser is president and CEO of LifeQuest in Milford Township.