162-Unit Senior Housing Project Planned for Church Parking Lot, Council Will Hear – Pasadena Now – Pasadena Now


The Pasadena City Council on Monday will take a first look at a project by Belmont Village Senior Living, a Houston-based company that develops and operates senior residences, to build a 110,503 square-foot, 162-unit, five-story residential care building with two levels of subterranean parking at 80 S. Oakland Ave. in Pasadena.

The project, which is in the Preliminary Plan Review phase of the City’s approval process, will be constructed on an 87,549 square-foot parcel directly to the south of Pasadena’s historic First Church of Christ, Scientist — in fact, where the Church’s parking lot is currently located.

According to the application submitted to the Department of Planning and Community Development, the existing surface parking lot will be demolished to accommodate the proposed residential care building.

The applicant is proposing that the existing parcel be subdivided into two lots so that the new facility will be located on its own site with subterranean parking. The new residential care building would be constructed on the newly created 56,000 square-foot southern parcel under a 99-year ground lease with the Church.

The building will be used as a continuum-of-care senior group care facility, licensed by the California Department of Social Services to provide 24-hour non-medical residential care for adults in need of personal services, supervision, or assistance essential for sustaining the activities of daily living or the protection of the individual.

The proposed units would not be equipped with cooking facilities, and Belmont Village would provide three meals per day in a common dining room supported by an onsite commercial kitchen. In addition, the facility would provide hospitality, wellness, health and fitness programs led by full-time staff members, the application showed.

The Planning Department said public hearings will be held, with the Hearing Officer as the review authority, as required for the Conditional Use Permit and Tentative Parcel Map that are needed as part of the approval process.

An environmental review is also required before an application for Preliminary Consultation is filed with the Design Commission, and before the project proceeds to the Concept and Final Design Review.

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