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Former senior living facility could become hotel

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The rezoning application on this property at 2801 N. Kentucky Ave. is scheduled to be considered Tuesday night. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

Roswell man files rezoning application for former Avamere building

A Roswell man is considering turning a former senior housing property into a hotel.

According to documents filed in January with the city of Roswell, United Partners LLC, a company whose organizer is Narendra Mistry of Roswell, has asked for a rezoning of the property at 2801 N. Kentucky Ave. so that the property can be converted into a hotel.

The building on about 7 acres was a senior living facility owned and managed by various entities over the past years. The most recent ownership was by a partnership that included the Avamere Family of Companies, based in Wilsonville, Oregon. The partnership took over from Brookdale Senior Living in September 2018.

Mistry confirmed that he intends to repurpose the Kentucky Avenue property as a hotel, but he chose not to answer any other questions until a public meeting on the rezoning application occurs.

That meeting with the city of Roswell Planning and Zoning Commission is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Roswell Convention & Civic Center, 912 N. Main St.

City documents indicate that Planning and Zoning employees are recommending approval of the application to rezone from Residential 3 to C-2, Community Commercial, with certain conditions. Those include that the property owner extends 6-foot-tall screened fencing on the north and south sides of the property and comply with city regulations concerning signage.

Nearby property owners have been notified of the rezoning application, in accordance with city regulation, and several letters and emails expressing opposition or worries about the potential impacts of the project had been sent to the city by Friday. Most came from residents of Quail Village, an adjacent residential subdivision.

Avamere of Roswell announced the closure of the Kentucky Avenue building in September 2019, giving residents 60 days to relocate. Senior residents were given the ability to move to the North Pennsylvania Avenue building still operated by Avamere as an assisted living facility or to the Avamere property in Rio Rancho.

A townhouse complex facing Mescalero Road that had been owned by Brookdale Senior Living was closed when the Avamere partnership took over in 2018. A property group affiliated with Brookdale maintained ownership of the townhouse complex until the 12 units were sold in fall 2019 to an Orem, Utah, property developer, P. Clayton Wolf of Wolf Development LLC. Wolf is now renovating the units to lease as apartments.

Chaves County documents list the North Kentucky Avenue property owner as NM4 Country Club LLC, which has an address with the Chevalier Group based in Hong Kong. The Chevalier Group’s website indicates that the corporation owns senior housing in the United States, including Avamere at Roswell and Avamere at Rio Rancho. County records also indicate NM4 Country Club as the owner of the Avamere facility on North Pennsylvania Avenue.

The city Planning and Zoning documents list both Mistry and NM4 Country Club LLC as contacts for the North Kentucky property.

Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 351, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.