In 2006, Smith/Packett had the opportunity to purchase a failing 34-bed nursing facility in Stafford County (near Fredericksburg), one of the fastest growing counties in Virginia. Smith/Packett recognized that a 34-bed replacement facility would not be economically feasible, so it worked with various Virginia legislators to help craft legislation which would permit the facility to obtain a CON for an additional 56 beds.
With a CON for a 90-bed facility in hand, Smith/Packett was prepared to acquire a 22-acre parcel to create a campus for a skilled nursing facility and other senior housing options. Unfortunately, Stafford County’s zoning ordinance did not permit a senior housing campus except for an old style CCRC model. Consequently, Smith/Packett worked with Stafford County to amend its zoning ordinance to permit its proposed campus model.
In fact, Smith/Packett was the only applicant to apply for the amended zoning. By working with the Virginia legislature to obtain 56 legislative skilled nursing beds and Stafford County Board to permit its proposed campus model, Smith/Packett was able to build a state-of-the-art, 90-bed skilled nursing facility. In addition, Smith/Packett has also completed a 163-unit, independent living, assisted living and memory care facility on this campus, leaving land that the Company will develop in the future.
The Stafford development shows Smith/Packett’s ability to find ways to complete projects, even in difficult circumstances.
Starting with a CON for a 34-bed skilled nursing facility and a restrictive zoning ordinance, Smith/Packett’s diligent work alongside the Virginia Legislature and Stafford County made a complex, multifaceted senior campus a reality that met the needs of the residents of Stafford County.