Approval of Cambria senior-living project is appealed

ktanner@thetribunenews.comJune 25, 2013 

A group of Cambrians has, as expected, appealed to the California Coastal Commission to overturn the county’s approval of plans to build a senior housing facility at the corner of Ardath Drive and Green Street in Cambria.

The $8.5 million, 41-bed, 31-unit assisted-living facility would be built on a multi-family zoned site where an apartment or condominium complex of up to 33 units could have been built, according to county staff. Kingston Bay plans to provide “frail seniors” with housing, daily assistance and supervision but no medical treatment. The facility would include common recreation, socializing, garden and dining areas, plus a commercial-grade kitchen that would serve only the residents.

A previous, slightly larger project was approved for the site without opposition in 2002.

Claudia Harmon Worthen, newly appointed chairwoman for the North Coast Advisory Council and a separate, recently formed group called Friends of NCAC submitted the 36-page appeal by email and overnight mail to commission Coastal Planner Daniel Robinson on Friday.

The commission is supposed to decide within 49 days after receiving the appeal whether staff will recommend that the agency review the project. However, Worthen said Robinson told her he expects to request an extension of time, which would postpone any decision until after mid-August.

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