By Sara Ventimiglia
Meridian Times staff writer
As Rick Postema, the owner of Richard Postema Associate Architects, stood before the Meridian Township Planning Commission, he represented Okemos Health and Rehabilitation Center.
He says the Rehabilitation Center is in desperate need of additional parking and asked the Planning Commission to approve a special use permit.
“I am representing the parking lot expansion for Extendicare,” said Postema.
Commissioner Shane Goodale requested to amend the special permit to expand for 38 additional parking spaces at 5211 Marsh Road.
“There has been such an increased parking demand for the patients at Okemos Health and Rehabilitation Center,” said Goodale. “We have to do it.”
It would be a plus for the facility to add these parking spaces. But the commission seemed to have one problem with the plan drawn up by Postema.
“It is a rehabilitation facility and there are only four handicap parking spots available even with the additional parking,” said Goodale. “It stood out to me when I reviewed the map and it didn’t seem right.”
Commissioner Holly Cordill noticed the same thing on the map.
“I will be in support of the parking only if they fixed the handicap mistake,” said Cordill.
Postema agreed with Goodale and Cordill.
“I think you caught us on one item because we have 106 parking spaces now and I believe we’re required to have five handicap spaces,” said Postema. “We will correct that immediately.”
Postema also had an argument for the lack of handicap spaces.
“This is not an outpatient center,” said Postema. “Most people are inpatient and will not need to have their cars there anyway.”
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“This will be approved under a number of circumstances,” said Goodale.
First off, the approval is based on the submitted application materials and the site plans prepared by Richard Postema Associates dated Feb. 7, 2011 which are subject to revisions as required.
“The applicant shall apply for and receive all necessary variances from the zoning board of appeals,” said Goodale.
The applicant shall obtain all other necessary and applicable permits, licenses and approvals from Ingham County Drain Commissioner. All approval documents shall be submitted to the Department of Community Planning and Development as well.
“And the applicant shall submit for and receive site plan review approval from the Department of Community Planning and Development prior to the commencement of any construction on the subject site,” said Goodale.
Under these regulations, the parking spaces will begin to be built.