WL Council approves adult daycare

Joyful Journey would be located at corner of Salisbury and Lindberg in West Lafayette
Joyful Journey would be located at corner of Salisbury and Lindberg in West Lafayette

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Developers hope it will be a lifesaver for the quality of life of a couple dozen families in the area. West Lafayette approves a request for an adult daycare to go in at one of the city’s busier intersections.

The council voted unanimously Monday for rezoning for the center.

As News 18 has already reported, the center plans to both use the existing building and add additional space to house 20 to 25 adults with Alzheimer’s, autism or other issues so their caregivers can go to work or run other errands.

Because it will be run by a non-profit, it will not have to pay property taxes.

Mayor John Dennis says with 30 percent of the city’s property tax exempt, there’s always some concern to add more tax exempt property. But he believes this proposal is a worthy one.

“We’ve got a very high concentration of folks in our community from the ages of about 18 to 26 and then it jumps up to 50 and above. As a son, my mother had Alzheimer’s, I recognize the need for having options for those who are giving care,” said Dennis.

The council tabled an ordinance on  the city’s classification to September. After the recent annex, the city can move up in size from a Class 3 to a Class 2 city because it has more than 35,000 residents.

But Dennis said the council needs to see more numbers and data from the census which will be out in August.

Also Monday, the council heard that nine businesses had met their tax abatement goals.

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