A Ridgeland retirement home is ready to add new construction as part of a significant expansion plan approved by the city last week.

The Mayor and Board of Alderman recently voted unanimously to approve a site plan and architectural review for a new memory care facility at The Orchard campus off of Pear Orchard Road.

The item passed with little discussion on the consent agenda. 

Community Development Director Alan Hart told the board that the Architectural Review Board unanimously approved the item for approval.

The expansion project is said to include the renovation and refinancing of an existing 196-unit continuing care retirement community and the acquisition, construction and furnishing of a new 101-unit facility on land adjacent to the current facility.

The project first came before the board in December 2017. At that time, Ward 4 Alderman Brian Ramsey said that he had heard nothing but praise from the community and an adjacent homeowners association about the positive impact The Orchard had on the community.

More recently, the board voted in May to approve the closing and vacating of an unimproved 40-foot roadway easement near the facility.