Move into our assisted living facilities, get a free cemetery plot?

Over near Springfield, Pennsylvania, there’s a developer who’s looking to morph part of a local cemetery into an elder care home/assisted living facility.

“The commissioners voted 6-1 to approve a final subdivision plan to consolidate two tax parcels within St. Peter and St. Paul Cemetery, 1600 S. Sproul Road, and subdivide a portion of undeveloped ground into a separate tract for future development.

The 318.1 acres will be divided into 294 acres of cemetery land and a separate 24.1-acre lot. The request was made by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, which owns the property, and The Benson Companies, the equitable owner of the smaller piece...Earlier this year, Benson presented a sketch plan to the planning commission showing independent living apartments and commons, assisted living units, a skilled nursing component and urgent care facility on the cemetery property.”

Now I understand planning and am the first to recommend getting one’s affairs in order, but I think this is taking things a wee bit too far.

Although the ghoulish side of me wonders if the marketing materials will offer a free burial plot to potential residents as an added move-in incentive.

Read the full story here.



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