5-story skilled-nursing facility would add to existing service at Village at Skyline

       A five-story building that will “twin” an existing 52-unit structure at the Village at Skyline senior living facility will go before Colorado Springs Planning Commission Aug. 9.
       The skilled-nursing facility proposal has received no negative comments from nearby residents and is being recommended for approval by city staff, according to City Planner Ryan Tefertiller.
       The request by the owner, Brookdale Senior Living Inc., is that the city change the 8,966-square-foot site from its current planned unit development (PUD) zone to a PUD that allows skilled nursing and assisted living.
       Construction would be managed by a division of Brookdale, which is a national corporation headquartered in Tennessee that specializes in senior communitiees, according to Larry Kirk of Brookdale
       The building will be so identical to the existing one that the floors will line up and people can walk between them, explained James Nakai, owner of Nakai & Associates. He noted that he has been the architect and planner for Village at Skyline since the senior-living complex broke ground more than 10 years ago (then owned by the National Benevolent Association).
       The site is north of Lower Gold Camp Road between 21st and 26th streets. The actual address is 2365 Patriot Hts.
       The Nakai plan submittal to the city shows a property currently built to house 419 residents in three multistory buildings on approximately 22 acres. The plan also shows the existing one-story community center. The plans indicate the only Village living area offering skilled nursing is the current 52-unit facility.
       According to Tefertiller, earlier plans for Village at Skyline had called for a building at the proposed site, but it was later deleted. Citing an increasing need nationwide for skilled nursing care, Brookdale asked to put the twin building on the site after buying Village at Skyline in 2005.
       “Market studies reveal the need is there,” Kirk said. “We will have one floor of memory care and three of skilled nursing. The first floor will be common space, including offices, theaters and a bank.”
       Although the new building is to be placed where a parking lot is now, the Village facility will still easily exceed city parking requirements, plans show. The exact number of additional employees that will be needed is not yet known, but it will likely be minimal, Tefertiller said. There are now about 150 employees in the entire facility, plans state.

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