senior housing

The project will include a three-story, senior housing structure, with studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units.

The Elk Grove Planning Commission on Aug. 16 voted, 4-0, to approve a senior housing and residential-care project at the southwest corner of Laguna Springs and Civic Center drives.

Commission Chair Frank Maita recused himself from the item due to business he had conducted with one of the parties in the application.

The facility, which will be known as The Park at Elk Grove, will feature residential quarters, various on-site improvements, and memory care services that will assist residents with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia.

Included in the commission’s approval was a General Plan amendment to change the 11.4-acre site’s commercial/office/multi-family designation to a high-density designation. Five parcels were combined to create the desired area for the project. The site is now divided into a 7.7-acre parcel for senior housing units and a 3.7-acre parcel for the memory care facility.

A change was also approved for the property’s Laguna Ridge Specific Plan designation of business and professional office. The designation is now “multi-family residential.”

The project includes the building of 151 senior housing units.

The majority of the units will be located in a three-story structure, which will feature 135 studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units.

There will also be eight single-story duplex buildings, which will comprise 16 two-bedroom units. On the same grounds will be a 41,672-square-foot, single-story, 71-room residential-care facility.

A kitchen will be available in each residential unit, and all housing on the site will only be available to those 55 and older.

The grounds will also feature a variety of shared amenities: a theater, a billiards room, a bistro, a beauty salon, dining rooms, a main kitchen, activity rooms, interior courtyards with patio seating, a community garden, a swimming pool, bocce ball courts, a putting green, walking paths and a fire pit.

The facility will operate 24 hours a day, and about eight to 15 employees will be present in the residential area at any given time.

Employees will also be available to provide personal care services such as assistance with bathing, dining and taking medications.

There will be no time limit on the length of stay for residents.

The project also includes the removal of nine valley oak trees, one of which is dead. New trees and shrubbery will be added to the site.

Although the project was not designed with the intent to help meet the city’s Regional Housing Needs Allocation, it is possible it could qualify for that purpose.

The city could ultimately receive some state credit for the units during the next General Plan’s housing element update.

During the commission’s deliberation on the project, Commissioner Kevin Spease said this type of housing is needed in the area.

“If you go and talk to (Executive Director) Pat Beal at the Senior Center (of Elk Grove), she’ll tell you that the type of services that are provided there – in particular adult day care – is something that is needed right now and probably more than they’re able to provide in this facility,” he said. “So, I think the area is a good use (for the project).”

Vice Chair McKenzie Weiser also voiced support of the project.

“I do see the need for this (project), as well,” she said. “Our community needs it. We’re not getting any younger.”