The Cambrian

Senior living plan gets conditional OK

Developers of a proposed assisted-living senior center gave a lengthy presentation Nov. 28, and in return received a wary thumbs-up from the North Coast Advisory Council. The list of conditions appended by the council’s 8-1 vote was lengthy with most issues about facilities for parking at the center, driving to or from it or walking past it safely.

There was one abstention.

At the end of the long discussion, council member Marty Main said, “When people get to the end of their lives, they should be in a place that’s familiar to them, in the environment they love.”

The elected, volunteer council isn’t a decision-making body, but instead sends its recommendations to county departments and officials, including Supervisor Bruce Gibson.

County planner Airlin Singewald said via email Tuesday, Dec. 4, that the project’s “application is complete, and we’ve started environmental review. No hearing date is scheduled.”

Developer Jeff King said in a phone interview Tuesday, Dec. 4, that he didn’t yet have answers about each of the council’s conditions, because his design and engineering team still is evaluating them.

The 28,265-square-foot, two-story center at 1981 Green Street would include 31 units and 41 beds in a Craftsman-style building. The facility would be licensed for residential assisted living and memory care. The property extends from a triangular wedge of land (often used for utility-truck parking and by those looking for a good cell phone connection) south to the intersection of London Lane.

Among the council’s conditions were:

  • Installing a right-turn lane from Ardath Drive to southbound Highway 1.
  • Installing sidewalks on a full 8-foot-wide shoulder along Ardath Drive, with shoulder improvements on Green Street.
  • Providing additional parking facilities, beyond the 19 spaces already in the design. Several audience and council members said that by the time up to 13 employees had parked during the day, two spaces were allocated for the facility’s transport vans and two other spaces reserved for those with disabled placards, visitors might wind up parking on the street, which wouldn’t be safe.
  • Refining landscape and site plans so drivers merging onto Ardath Drive from Green Street will be able to see far enough to enter traffic safely.
  • Making sure all runoff from the site is not allowed to run off the property, but is instead stored or used on site.