KEMAH — The Kemah City Council again tabled consideration to alter the parking requirements for a drug rehabilitation center looking to open in a former “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” house.

At a meeting Wednesday night, the council expressed concerns about the number of parking spaces. 

“What we’re going to do is try to come up with an ordinance for this classification,” Mayor Bob Cummins said.

The facility, Kemah Palms Recovery, is asking for a change that would affect future medical facilities in Kemah, said City Administrator Rick Beverlin. The council indicated it was open to considering an appropriate ratio for determining the number of parking spaces. 

The current ratio is one parking spot per 200 square feet of building space. As the city code stands, the facility would have to have 31 parking spots, Beverlin said. The facility, however, is asking for one space for every three beds, which would be 15 to 17 spaces.

“Even though the facility has provided some information, part of the question is do we need to break down the specific types of medical facilities?” Beverlin said. “What if we get a big hospital or an assisted living center? We probably need to visit the whole category.”

The owners of Kemah Palms Recovery declined to comment. 

The next council meeting is Aug. 6. 


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