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Ray J. Gross, Fargo, Published October 05 2013

Letter: Rosewood plan bulldozes along

At a Fargo Planning Commission hearing Oct. 1, a rezoning request for the southeast quadrant of the Rosewood properties in north Fargo was heard. The majority in attendance consisted of numerous nursing home residents and employees, most of whom were bused to City Hall in wheelchairs and other assisted methods of mobility. About 50 property owners in the protest area were also in attendance and, for the most part, ignored.

The nursing home residents were told that the nursing home expansion will dramatically change their living experience with available single-bed units. The victims in this scam were excited and looking forward to moving out of their rooms, presumably to single-bed units. The residents at Rosewood were not told about a minimum increase in costs of 62 percent for a single-bed unit, nor told that a very limited number of single-bed units would be made available only to those with the financial means to do so.

A long eulogistic statement was made by Rosewood’s CEO in behalf of deceased Elmer Berg, who donated his Fifth Street residential property to Rosewood, precipitating the expansion plans into the residential area. With a lack of respect to Berg, the Rosewood CEO suggested their expansion would be friendlier to the neighborhood since Berg’s place needed updating and demolition of the complex has taken place. Thus, it appears Berg’s good charitable deeds have had some consequence, although he never needed to spend a day in a two-bed unit, thanks to his plentiful gifts.

A slide of a two-bed unit was displayed throughout the Rosewood presentation to demonstrate the inadequacy of the two-bed units in which a large majority of residents will be housed regardless of the disposition of the zoning request. Oh, yes, the planning commission on a 6-to-4 vote approved the application, supposedly to reward Rosewood’s good works.

Heaven help us.