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Springfield assisted living facility to expand

An assisted living facility on the city’s north side is expanding next year due to an increased demand for senior housing.

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Springfield Assisted Living, 2981 Vester Ave., is building a new wing to increase its capacity from 76 to 96 units, owner Eamon Burgess said.

The City Planning Board unanimously recommended approval for changes to the facility’s development plan at last Monday’s meeting, said Stephen Thompson, the planning, zoning and code enforcement administrator for the city of Springfield. No one made objections to the project at the meeting, he said.

The Springfield City Commission is expected to host a public hearing on the changes next month, Thompson said.

The new wing will also include a larger activities room, an expanded dining room and new parking spaces, Burgess said.