Seniors Housing And NIMBY

When NIMBYism hits home, and in my mailbox.

I put some mail in my mailbox at home this morning (yes, I still use the USPS), and overnight someone slipped a “Dear Neighbors” letter in the box. It wanted to make us aware of a “massive” new development planned just two blocks from the downtown area of town. And what is the plan? A CCRC, which is something our growing elderly population has been clamoring for for a few decades.

It is sponsored by the local not-for-profit that already has a skilled nursing facility and a small IL community, which is really assisted living “lite.” But there has never been anything like a CCRC, which is what many of the elderly want. Large units, services, restaurants and more. But this is just 70 units. They now travel to other towns but would prefer to stay in our town.

Of course, the NIMBY (not in my back yard) people do not identify themselves other than that “We” are long-time residents and supporters of the current not-for-profit senior care provider. It would be nice to know who they are. Ten years ago, I was on a town commission to figure out the housing and services dilemma for our elderly. After two years we came up with a reasonable solution, or so we thought. Then the NIMBYs took over, even accusing me of being in a financial partnership with a developer so I could profit from it. Really? All I can say is, just wait until you want your own CCRC.


9 comments on “Seniors Housing And NIMBY

  1. If we educate the public on the benefits to ALL residents of a Senior Living community we can ease a lot of fears and undermine misinformation they receive from those who simply want no development. Main points to make in Community Meetings.

    1. Traffic impacts are very low. Have a Traffic Impact Analysis (TIA) to back this up.
    2. Seniors who do venture out avoid peak hours. If you were retired would you drive during rush hours? Your TIA will back this up as well
    3. Seniors don’t use schools, but they do contribute sales tax and other taxes to those schools. When we explain this to town leaders we win a lot of support.
    4. At Lantz-Boggio we promote making facilities that can serve both the residents and the community. Each generation of seniors has less and less desire to be segregated and creating a new venue that can be programmed for community activities is a win-win for residents and the community.

  2. Gee, I left out the gravitas of Bill…to diffuse Nimby, I made friends with the Headmaster of the local prep school who wanted intergenerational programs for his students- art, music, etc. at my facilities; scheduled “public service” hours for his kids at my places and underwrote all of his fund raiser auctions, performances, sports etc.
    He and his well-to-do parents came out twice to planning and zoning boards to speak in favor…
    He’s especially special to me because the school named a building in his honor while he is still alive- that’s gravitas!

  3. Steve- good special program on values in assisted living. Articulate speakers, good power pointers. Here, north of Boston, the sort out and shake out of the continuum of care is a good HBS case study in real time. I-95 will be littered by the carcasses of more than deer by the time the over-build and over-promise era works out; haircuts anyone?

    1. Thanks Steve!

      John, your engagement and networking in the community is the kind of outreach we should all model to walk the talk when it comes to being a great neighbor.

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