Oakland Township does not have any Senior Assisted living facilities. Our population is aging. As the “Baby Boomers” reach retirement and incur some of the age related health issues, housing decisions become difficult. Many seniors who have lived in Oakland Township for many years have been forced to move out of our Community. This facility provides an alternative that will allow them to continue to be contributing members of our Community and be near friends and family.
The following chart shows the number of residents in several of our surrounding communities as well as the number of Senior facilities in each community. All of our neighbors have a number of facilities that is relatively proportional to their population. Oakland Township is the only community that does not have ANY senior facilities for its citizens.
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Some of literature that has been distributed by those opposed to this development are now saying:
“We are NOT against senior developments.”.
HOWEVER, here are some comments made by those same people in previous Township meetings regarding senior housing:
“We don’t need senior development. If people want condos, they can move to Auburn Hills!”
“We don’t have to be inclusive, we can be exclusive!”
“I’d rather have million dollar homes next door!”
“Blossom Ridge is a third world ‘dictator’s’ compound!” (Please watch the Agenda 21 video under Supervisor’s Views/ UN Global Conspiracy theory to get a real appreciation for this comment.)
“We do not need a senior center in this area!”
“This request it based on greed not need. We do not need a Senior Center in this area.”
On March 27, 2012 prior to being elected as our current Township Treasurer, Jeanne Langlois said: “Township residents are content to look outside the Township for this!”
On March 13, 2012, prior to being elected as one of our current Trustees, Judy Keyes said: The lack of Senior Housing is “one of the things that makes Oakland Township special – that it doesn’t have a lot of things other communities have!”
Additionally, on March 13, 2012 prior to being elected as our current Township Supervisor, Terry Gonser said: “Blossom Ridge would be a business, not residential, therefore it should be denied.”
Now that those same residents know that the Federal Government is investigating Oakland Township for possible Fair Housing violations, they are attacking the development for density, size, height and traffic reasons. Please read the responses to those concerns on another page under Blossom Ridge.
Blossom Ridge will be a major enhancement to the quality of life for many of its citizens!
Do you agree that there will be a growing need for Senior Housing in the coming years?
When you need assisted living do you want to move away from where you are living now?
Do you want our Seniors to rely on other communities to satisfy their needs?