ENGLEWOOD, NJ -- The city and developers approved additional designs for Bristal Assisted Living, a facility that is set to house hundreds of seniors.
The 5,000 square foot, eight-story facility, which received a variance to allow a height of 80 feet, will replace 4 West Diner at 412 South Van Brunt St. on a two-and-a-half acre site.
Plans include 309 units in total, with 180 reserved for assisted living, 64 for those with Alzheimer's disease or dementia, and 65 luxury units to be known as “Bristal Grand,” with cooking amenities, a private salon and concierge service.
"It will be a focal point as you drive down Route 4," said Steven Krieger, the principle of Engel Burman at Englewood LLC., whose firm is behind the project as well as a dozen others in New York and New Jersey.
Some of the most recent architectural changes involve the design of Juliet balconies, construction materials, the inclusion of green spaces, benches and a lighted pavement that will surround the premises.
The size and placement of signage will be discussed at a planning board meeting October 1.
“They may start working in spring 2016, but the diner will have to be closed down and demolished, so we don’t have an exact date,” said Timothy Dacey, the city manager and member of the planning board.
The area was rezoned in 2014 to include a special district for the development of industry, research and medicine as well as senior housing. They are hoping older members of the community will be encouraged to live somewhere they can be seen by visiting physicians.
"We're looking forward to being in the city. There's a tremendous need for assisting living in that area," Krieger said.