Paso Robles planners say proposed assisted living center is too tall

A new assisted living and memory care facility proposed for southeast Paso Robles is too large, city officials decided Tuesday.

The Paso Robles Planning Commission directed the developer to downsize the 39-foot-tall building, called The Oaks at Paso Robles, from three stories to two and then return to the commission for consideration at a later date.

A previous meeting by the city’s Design Review Committee highlighted similar concerns about the building’s height, noting that it was taller than other development in the area.

The proposal presented at Tuesday’s commission meeting called for the construction of a 101-unit assisted living and memory care facility on about 3 acres at South River Road and Serenade Drive, just south of Kennedy Club Fitness.

The building would have been 68,000 square feet and included 73 assisted living units, plus 24 memory care units. The applicant is BA Hoffman Holdings LLC, a company registered in Fresno by Blake Hoffman, according to records held by California’s secretary of state.

Traffic, noise, parking and potential hazards to wildlife were among the concerns the city had received from the public, in addition to the building’s height.

An initial environmental study indicated the development could mitigate to less than a significant level its “potentially significant environmental impacts” related to aesthetics, biology, transportation and air quality, according to city planning documents.

The commission was slated to make its recommendation on the project Tuesday, which would have then been forwarded to the City Council for final consideration in November.

That timeline is now pending until the applicant comes back to the commission with its redesign, city officials said. Additional details weren’t available.

Tonya Strickland: 805-781-7858, @tstrickland