12-bed hospice facility could open in Virginia Beach

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A rendering of the South Hampton Roads Hospice House's layout on city-owned land on Upton Road. (Photo courtesy of the City of Virginia Beach)
A site layout and landscape plan for the South Hampton Roads Hospice House’s layout on city-owned land on Upton Road. (Photo courtesy of the City of Virginia Beach)

VIRGINIA BEACH — A new 12,000-square-foot hospice facility could find itself at the corner of Upton Drive and Nimmo Parkway, but it needs city council to subdivide and convey city-owned land so developers can move forward.

Kenneth Chandler, deputy city manager, gave city council updates and a recommendation to advance development for the proposed 12-bed South Hampton Roads Hospice House Tuesday.

“The hospice house provides a growing service need,” Chandler said. “That growing service need would be hospice facilities, not only just in Virginia Beach, but in Hampton Roads.”

South Hampton Roads Hospice House could sit on 2.23 acres of about a four-acre plot of city-owned parcels on Upton Drive. Chandler recommended the city subdivide that land, leaving 1.85 acres available for potential future development, like a medical facility.

Sentara Health Care Systems and Bon Secour have given support for the South Hampton Roads Hospice House, but South Shore Estates Civic League showed concern for the subdivided acreage the hospice facility could exist on.

“Initially their thought was that park land would be a better use for it,” Chandler said.

The facility would sit next to a neighborhood, but Chandler said Parks and Recreation could plants magnolia trees as a buffer between the hospice facility and its nearby neighbors.

One of Chandlers recommendations is for city council to declare an estimated 8,712 square-foot sliver of city-owned land, between its neighbor and the proposed hospice site, as excess property to be sold. This is is where the magnolia trees could go.

Another recommendation was for city council to authorize Virginia Beach City Manager Dave Hansen to take action to subdivide the four acres of land, conveying 2.23 of it for the hospice facility.

The facility still needs to complete the conditional use permit process to operate as a sanitarium, according to Chandler’s presentation.

City council will vote on these recommendations at its formal session April 4.

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