Commission OK’s KHN’s zoning request

Helipad included atop 68-foot high building

By Melanie Yingst -

TROY — The Troy Planning Commission voted to recommend Kettering Health Network’s request for a zoning amendment for the planned Troy Hospital to city council for approval.

Planning Commission member Mayor Michael Beamish was not present.

The proposal requested the zoning be changed from Office Commerical to a planned development. The proposal includes the hospital building, which is expected to measure 113,500 square feet with 165 parking spaces in the areas to the south and east of the hospital. Additional parking of more than 220 spaces in the area of the Troy Lumber Company is also planned to be part of the space.

The hospital will be located on 6.12 acres at 600 W. Main St. The planned development will “strictly be for medical offices and clinics for health services.” An FAA-approved helipad is planned to be located on the northwest corner of the building.

Commission President Alan Kappers questioned the ownership of the property off of Elm Street. Assistant Development Director Tim Davis reported that the sale of the lumber company was recently completed. No record has been filed through the auditor’s office as of press time.

Commissioner Jim McGarry asked if the city had studied the FAA requirements. McGarry explained the FAA was becoming more strict with regulations for small facilities such as WACO Historical Society’s airfield and could fall into the city’s jurisdiction and not the property owners. Davis said the staff has reviewed the FAA requirements.

According to the proposal, the building height is proposed to be 68 feet tall due to an elevator inside the facility. The fire department reviewed the request and approved it. Chief Matthew Simmons said the department has a ladder truck and has no concerns about the building height. The building will also feature a sprinkler system.

Director of Public Service and Safety Patrick Titterington noted the planned development did not request to vacate Water Street and will remain as is at this time.

“It will remain open as is,” Davis said.

A public hearing will be held at a future city council meeting.

In other news:

The Planning Commission also on Wednesday approved the preliminary plan for Fox Harbor Subdivision, located west of the Kings Chapel neighborhood on West Main Street.

The owner is Harbor West Land Company and the applicant is Frank Harlow. The plan had two modifications from its previous proposal, which include a cul-de-sac at Executive Drive and two lots were enlarged near the detention pond, reported Tim Davis, planning and zoning manager.

The Fox Harbor Subdivision was approved by the Planning Commission and city council in 1990. The Fox Harbor subdivision’s new developer is Frank Harlow. The subdivision is 69.294 acres and plans include 208 building lots including an existing pond and detention area. Roads include Fox Harbor Drive, Liette Drive, New Castle Drive, Douglas Drive and Executive Drive and new roads Darla Drive, Angela Circle and Edward Circle.

The park board approved the “fees in lieu of” dedicated park space for the subdivision. The fees are expected to generate $104,000 for the park department funds.

Helipad included atop 68-foot high building

By Melanie Yingst