Village at Skyline seeks 101-unit expansion

       How much is the area's population aging? A hint may be seen in the evolution of building plans for the 21-acre Village at Skyline senior living complex off Lower Gold Camp Road.

Village at Skyline's current 52-unit nursing and memory care facility is shown. The new building is proposed just east (to the right in the photo) of the current building. It would be the same height, but to fit in nearly twice as many units, the footprint would extend south over the current drive and eastward down the slope.
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       Originally approved plans from the late 1990s included a five-story, 52-unit facility to house seniors needing special nursing and memory care. No structure was called for at that time on the space just east of it. Then, in 2007, the current Village owners, Brookdale Senior Living Inc., proposed construction of a “twin” building on that space (which is currently a parking lot).
       The proposal was approved by the city, but Brookdale never built it.
       This year, Brookdale is back with a new plan. Again there is a request for a building in the space to the east - this time with nearly twice the capacity of the '07 version (101 units in all).
       The proposal is set for City Planning Commission at its April 21 meeting. The technical request is for a “major amendment to a development plan.”
       Village at Skyline is north of Lower Gold Camp Road between 21st and 26th streets. The actual address is 2365 Patriot Hts.
       Ryan Tefertiller of City Land Use said in an e-mail he has only done a “preliminary review” of Brookdale's plan, but “I don't see any significant problems with the requests.”
       He noted that “the proposed building is definitely bigger (although not taller) than the existing structure. Instead of being a mirror image of the existing building, it is proposed to extend southward over the drive and eastward down the slope a bit more than previously designed. It will have additional units compared to the last proposal - that is what's driving the need for the rezone.”
       A Brookdale Project Statement, supplied to the city, states that “based on current market trends, these resident rooms are in demand and the Village at Skyline is already at capacity… The footprint has grown [from the previous plan], but the appropriate measures have been taken to prevent any conflicts.”

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