Tipp City’s Planning Board voted unanimously Jan. 10 to approve a special use permit required for an addition to Springmeade Retirement Community’s health center.

The addition would include 15 private suites, a conference room, nurses’ station, dining room, residential kitchen and therapy room.

The addition would be to the north of the health center building and include a connection to the existing building. An addition of 11 parking spaces and a sidewalk extension also are part of the project, said Fernando Oseguera of App Architecture.

The board was told the retirement complex now includes the 114-bed skill nursing residence plus more than 80 coach houses.

A Certificate of Need required by the state for the project has been obtained, said Thomas Nick, Springmeade administrator. Plans are to begin construction on the project in the spring, Oseguera said.

The board approved the special use permit and a project site plan with two conditions. One condition requires the applicant to file a copy of the Certificate of Need. The second requires the applicant to obtain an approved storm water pollution prevention plan.

The special use permit was required because the Springmeade facility on South County Road 25A near Interstate 75 is located in the R-3 multi-family residential zoning district. Its neighbors include the Floral Acres subdivision to the south in Monroe Township, the interstate and a field to the north.

In its annual reorganization activity during the Jan. 10 meeting, the board elected Stacy Wall as chair and Andrew Thornbury as vice chair for the year.