Senior living development proposed to replace Entercom radio towers in Westwood

The Entercom building in Westwood with its two radio towers is surrounded residential neighborhood.
The Entercom building in Westwood with its two radio towers is surrounded residential neighborhood.

The controversial Entercom property at 50th and Belinder in Westwood is under contract to be sold and the potential buyer is proposing a senior living development on the eight-acre space in the heart of the city.

The Westwood Planning Commission Monday night took no action on a proposed zoning text amendment that would create an Adult Care Zoning District in Westwood, a category the city currently does not have in its zoning code. The Entercom property is zoned single-family residential.

William Crandall of CBC Real Estate Group told the commission that his firm has an option on the property and is interested in pursuing a senior living development. “The (radio) towers and the building and infrastructure in the ground are all coming down,” Crandall said. CBC has an operator coming to look at the site for potential age-restricted or independent residential living. Crandall said the highest level of care they are looking for is assisted living. He suggested a configuration with independent living around the perimeter and assisted living in the center: “That kind of protects the neighbors around (the property).”

Westwood does not currently have a zoning designation that would allow any type of senior living or assisted living project. “I think you need to decide if this is something you want,” Crandall told the commission.

Commission members, Crandall and at least one resident who spoke, all suggested engaging the public in discussion of the potential zoning changes. The proposed zoning change was tabled until a joint city council and planning commission work session can be scheduled to discuss the proposal.

The Entercom property earlier last year had its Special Use Permit renewed to operate the radio towers. That discussion surfaced several complaints from neighbors about the upkeep of the property and resulted in a perimeter fence being removed that was a focus of controversy.

The eight acres is close to the Westwood View Elementary School and its use for radio towers predates the incorporation of Westwood.