The newest plans for a 200-unit senior residing facility throughout the road from San Elijo Lagoon are much better than the unique ones, metropolis planning commissioners mentioned June 3 as they voted to approve permits for the challenge.
Fee Chairman Bruce Ehlers referred to as the brand new model a “much-improved challenge,” and even two commissioners who expressed hesitancy about approving parts of the challenge mentioned they favored the brand new design.
“Truthfully, I’m more than happy with the way in which this got here out,” mentioned Commissioner Kevin Doyle, who early within the night had indicated that he was “on the fence” about approving one project-related merchandise, however finally voted in favor.
The merchandise that Doyle was conflicted about — a declaration that the challenge’s public advantages made up for its “important and unavoidable affect” to scenic aesthetics — was accredited in a 3-1 vote, with Commissioner Susan Sherod voting no and Commissioner Amy Flicker absent.
Sherod, who later voted with the fee majority when it got here to approving the challenge’s common permits, mentioned she couldn’t make the discovering that the challenge was so useful to the group that it was price granting it an environmental affect exemption.
“Actually, it’s not a nasty challenge, nevertheless it’s a nasty location for that challenge,” she mentioned, later including that it was not less than higher than placing a big housing improvement on the positioning.
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Put ahead collectively by the Belmont Village senior residing firm and the housing developer Greystar, the event plans embrace a two-story, 208,076-square-foot senior residing facility and eight, single-family houses, every with its personal accent dwelling unit. The challenge’s proposed to go on a 14.65-acre agricultural website simply east of Interstate 5 alongside Manchester Avenue.
Seven of the eight houses might be put aside for low-income individuals, as will all eight of the accent dwelling items. The 200-unit senior care facility will embrace 78 unbiased residing items, 67 assisted residing items, 27 items for individuals with delicate cognitive impairments and 28 items for individuals with extra important reminiscence impairments who require a safer atmosphere.
After they reviewed the earlier design late final 12 months, planning commissioners declared that the proposed senior facility seemed like a big, ugly “roadside motel” and that it was completely inappropriate for a main lagoon view property proper on the metropolis’s southern entrance.
Final week, Greystar firm consultant Beau Model mentioned challenge planners launched into a four-month effort to overtake their plans after listening to the fee’s issues “loud and clear.” The brand new design shortens the size of the proposed senior constructing by 100 toes, relocates among the parking spots, creates a park and a toddler play house, provides balconies to the Manchester Avenue facet of the senior constructing, makes use of a brand new paint shade scheme and reworks the roofline to create extra visible curiosity.
“The constructing now seems to be like an eclectic assortment of smaller buildings cohesively built-in into the positioning,” he mentioned.
Commissioners had allow approval on most parts of the challenge, however a change to a metropolis avenue lighting requirement would require Metropolis Council approval, metropolis planning division workers mentioned.
In different motion, commissioners heard public testimony on a controversial proposal to construct a 72-unit condo complicated within the metropolis’s Leucadia area, however postponed their deliberation and vote on the merchandise to the fee’s June 17 assembly. Plans name for the proposed improvement on the nook of Vulcan and La Costa avenues to include 60 market-rate items and 12 low-income items.
— Barbara Henry is a contract author for The San Diego Union-Tribune