San Ramon commission to debate senior-care facility

Summit Senior Assisted Living/Alzheimer Memory Care proposed for church-owned site on Alcosta

The San Ramon Planning Commission is set to consider giving its stamp of approval Tuesday evening to a new senior-care residential facility along Alcosta Boulevard.

The Summit Senior Assisted Living and Alzheimer Memory Care proposal calls for a two-story, 51,794-square-foot building with 82 total beds and common areas at church-owned property just south of San Ramon Regional Medical Center and across the street from Bishop Ranch.

The project applicant is The Freshwater Group, the development and acquisition arm of Watermark Retirement Communities.

As proposed, the assisted-living component would include 18 studio units, 16 one-bedroom units and four two-bedroom units, and the memory/Alzheimer care component would offer 32 one-bedroom units and four two-bedroom units. Common amenities would include a library, activity area, laundry, kitchen and dining room.

The site, at 12700 Alcosta Blvd., is approximately five acres and owned by the Church of the Nazarene.

The Planning Commission in 2010 approved proposals for a medical office building and a church expansion at the property, but neither project has occurred, according to Lauren Barr, city senior planner. The proposed senior-care facility would replace the medical building project.

The Summit Senior Assisted Living and Alzheimer Memory Care project is the lead item on the commission's agenda, set to get underway at 7 p.m. at San Ramon City Hall, 2222 Camino Ramon.

In other business, commissioners will consider granting another postponement for the proponents of a new Wendy's project on San Ramon Valley Boulevard.

Property owners Phaas LLC/Amar Sindhu Property Management want permission to add a Wendy's fast-food restaurant with drive-thru service to 2222 San Ramon Valley Blvd., a currently vacant site between the intersections with Purdue Road and Fostoria Way/Deerwood Road.

The commission debated the project a month ago and asked the applicant to provide more information about the site's drive-thru vehicle queuing and on-site traffic circulation plan, according to city associate planner Cindy M. Yee.

The public hearing was placed back on the commission's agenda two weeks ago, but it was pushed out to this Tuesday after the applicant asked for more research time. The applicant is again asking for additional time, requesting the hearing be rescheduled for Sept. 1, Yee said.

With the Wendy's item already on the agenda, city officials recommend the commission receive the latest staff report Tuesday evening, open the pre-scheduled public hearing, take citizen comments and continue the matter to Sept. 1 for further discussion.

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