A request to locate an assisted-living facility and adult daycare at 818 W. 28th Ave. and 2801 S. Elm St. was approved Tuesday by the Pine Bluff Planning Commission.

A request to locate an assisted-living facility and adult daycare at 818 W. 28th Ave. and 2801 S. Elm St. was approved Tuesday by the Pine Bluff Planning Commission.

The item was presented in two parts. Southern Living Inc., represented by Elbert Bennett, asked that the property on Elm Street be rezoned from R-1 Residential to Residential Multi-Family.

Secondly, Bennett submitted a use permitted on review request to operate the assisted living facility, adult daycare and office at the two sites.

The commission voted 6-0 in favor of both requests, subject to a requirement that Bennett apply for a variance concerning the amount of available parking at the site.

Bennett said he would like to convert an existing apartment complex on West 28th Avenue into an assisted-living facility, construct a facility next to the apartment buildings to house an adult daycare and senior center and convert an existing historic residence into offices for the whole complex.

“This is an ideal location,” Bennett said, adding that he felt the addition would improve the neighborhood. “The hospital is there, the shopping center is there.”

Planner Jerre George and some of the commissioners said they agreed. Two people spoke in favor of the requests, and no one spoke against it.

According to the application, there would be 27 two-bedroom units and one one-bedroom unit to house up to 55 residents. The senior center would accommodate an estimated 120 people.

At full occupancy, the center would employ an estimated 55 employees.

Bennett said the facility will be staffed 24 hours a day, with the employees working in three shifts.

In other business, the commission voted 6-0 to approve another two-part request concerning a 3-acre parcel of property at 120 Grider Field Road. United Towing and Recovery, through applicant Michael Hallman, requested the site be rezoned from B-3 Commercial to I-1 Industrial. He also submitted a use permitted on review request to run a towing and recovery short-term storage yard at the site.

The commission voted to approve the request, subject to two stipulations:

• The business shall not operate as a wrecking or auto salvage yard. Storage of vehicles will be no more than 90 days.

• All vehicles brought on site for temporary storage will be stored behind a privacy fence tall enough that the vehicles do not protrude above the fence.

Hallman said that most of the vehicles will be stored in the back of the facility and that he will also install a privacy fence. Dane Reed of White Hall spoke in favor of the request, identifying himself as an investor in the venture. Reed said that he keeps his business on Dollarway Road clean and nice looking and that the planners can expect the same out of this new business.

“It’s going to be an attractive business, just like the one on Dollarway Road,” Reed said. “It’s going to look nice and be to the betterment of Pine Bluff.”

And in other business, the commission postponed a public hearing to discuss what kinds of storage structures should be allowed in commercial zones. Changes to city zoning code are being drafted. The hearing will be held at the commission’s next regular meeting, 4 p.m. Jan. 31, in the council chambers at the civic complex.