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Westmont Living to develop new Senior Housing Community in La Mesa

Westmont Living to develop new Senior Housing Community in La Mesa

Westmont Living has been chosen to develop a senior housing development with the city of La Mesa

As seen in East County Magazine By Janis Russell

March 12, 2015 (La Mesa) -- On Tuesday, La Mesa’s City Council voted to move forward on negotiations with Westmont Companies for development of a senior living facility adjacent to Briercrest Park. The Council also set an optional $25,000/parking space fee for a space in a conceptual parking building, for expanding Village businesses in lieu of providing additional on-site parking.

Bill Chopyk, the community development director, presented a staff report on the proposed senior living facility, noting that there was a competitive process for negotiation to develop a senior living facility and that Westmont Living had been chosen. Chopyk introduced the representatives from Westmont: Michael O’Rourke; principal owner; and the two project managers, Joe Taylor and Stan Sokolove.

 “We’re very excited,” O’Rourke said about the prospect of partnering with La Mesa on the property, which he added is “a really perfect site within proximity to Grossmont Hospital…”

Vice Mayor Sterling praised staff for their recommendation to move forward with this project.

O’Rourke, a La Mesa resident, told her, “We’re long term holders of real estate… We’re in here for the long term.”

City manager David Witt said, “I think we can move forward with this very quickly.”

Sterling then made a motion to approve the selection of Westmont companies to develop a senior living facility on the Briercrest site and authorize staff to prepare an agreement to negotiate with Westmont Companies. Councilmember Guy McWhirter seconded the motion. The vote was 4-1 with an abstention from Councilmember Bill Baber.

Next was a hearing continued from January 27th to consider adoption of an optional in-lieu parking fee for required off-street parking for non-residential development in the downtown commercial zone.

While most Village lots are fully built out without space for any additional parking, the Village Specific Plan allows properties to build upward - but with expansion comes a corresponding requirement to provide more parking spaces. For this reason a study and conceptual plans for a parking structure was done in 2011 using a grant from SANDAG. The plan was put on the back burner until property owners and merchants decided whether or not to create a PBID (answer, not), and then the recent election had been held. It was brought back to Council last meeting, who requested updated numbers and continued it to this meeting.

Witt introduced Paul Marra from Keyser- Marston Associates to explain this in detail.

We completed the 2011 study,” Marra stated. “We went back to our data resources and surveyed a couple of parking consultants…The most typical figure for cost per parking space is $25,000. We still think your proposal would be appropriate.”

Councilmember Kristine Alessio thanked Mara for doing this.

Witt acknowledged that this was a significant step and called it consistent with other programs.

There were no speakers for this item.

Baber clarified to Witt that the parking in-lieu fee meant that the building developers either provide parking spaces or pay the fee. Witt confirmed that.

After the hearing closed, Council had four related items to vote on. The first one was a negative declaration. First, Alessio pointed out that she was hesitant to adopt the ordinance because there was already the downtown specific plan project already in place, and she wasn’t comfortable with the in-lieu fee. Sterling then moved to adopt the declaration with a second by Mayor Mark Arapostathis. The vote was 5-0.

Then, Sterling moved to adopt the ordinance considering the parking section from title 12 of the city’s municipal code. Arapostathis gave a second. The vote was 4-1 with Alessio against.

Next, Sterling made a motion to adopt the zoning ordinance section from title 24.04. The vote was 4-1 with Alessio against.

Lastly was a consideration of a resolution of Council to adopt the in-lieu parking fee for fiscal year 2014-2015. The fee would be $25,000 per parking space. The vote was 3-2 with Baber and Alessio against.

For more information about the senior living facility, go to pages 101-107 in the March 10 agenda with items document.

For more information about the parking ordinance, read pages 108-168 in the March 10 agenda with items document.

Also of note, the consent calendar included approval of a resolution authorizing the filing of an application for smart growth incentive grant program funds through SANDAG for the final design and construction of a pedestrian crossing at Spring Street and the I-8 off ramp trolley tracks and a sidewalk with connectivity to University Avenue. For more information about this item, click here for the March 10, 2015 agenda with items and read pages 49-89 from the city website. 

Westmont Living to develop and operate The Mariposa at Ellwood Shores!

The Dixon Family announced today that they have partnered with Westmont Living to develop and operate The Mariposa at Ellwood Shores, an 85 bed assisted living and memory care community to be located in the heart of Goleta, at 190 Viejera Drive.


Working with the City of Goleta over the last seven years to entitle and permit the project, Oliver Dixon, a native of Santa Barbara, and his wife Kelly, have been committed to creating a residential community that would offer superior living, amenities, and personal care support for local seniors. The Dixons engaged Hochhauser Blatter Architecture and Planning, a Santa Barbara firm with deep local and statewide experience in senior housing, to help to design, project manage and underwrite the project.

The last and most crucial step in realizing their vision was the Dixon family's choice to partner with Westmont Senior Living, a developer and operator of full service senior living communities throughout California and Oregon. Westmont embraces a philosphy that celebrates individuality, a healthy, vibrant lifestyle and a comforting inspiring place to call The Dixon family particularly responded to Westmont's commitment to understand the unique history of each community they serve, embracing those values and preferrences as part of their overall program.

Levels of care at Mariposa will include assisted living and memory care, as well as hospice care services. A farm to table menu will be offered in the main dining room and bistro. The activities and program will focus on meaningful ways to celebrate successful aging, and will include multiple opportunities for residents to continue to attend and participate in activities within the greater community of Goleta and Santa Barbara. Westmont Living's trademarked Compass Rose program will also assist residents challenged with memory loss to navigate a path that is life affirming and preserves functional independence. All parts of the Mariposa program will focus on empowering residents to live on their own terms.

Located on close to 3 acres, The Mariposa is designed as an inviting farm house with historical accents throughout, including deep covered porches, multiple landscaped courtyards, accessible gardens and raised planting beds for residents' use. Within the building, the Mariposa will include the latest in technological amenities, including WiFi throughout, a movie theater and computer lab, a discreet emergency response system, and a fitness program geared toward personalized achievement. Studio and one-bedroom apartments are designed to be barrier free and include private kitchenettes.

Classic cars spark memories for seniors in Yuba City

Classic car owners shared their meticulously maintained, pristinely painted, prized possessions with Summerfield Senior Living residents on Wednesday in Yuba City.


"You can see their faces when they see these cars that they're like, 'Wow, I used to drive one of them,'" said Richard Sinnott, who brought his red and white convertible 1956 Ford Fairlane. "I like for them to see the cars and go back in time and I like supporting the old folks home," said the Yuba City car collector, who also owns Studebakers. "I like to help the old folks out a lot because we're all going to be there some day."

"It brings back beautiful, wonderful times gone by. They were lovely times but hard times," said Doyle Daniel, 83, a Summerfield resident, who slowly walked up and down a line of 10 classic cars, ranging from the 1920s to 1970s. "Most of us can't get out and go look at these cars, so they brought them here to us. It's great."

"We've done this is to give back to the community and also to enrich the seniors' lives that live here in their community at Summerfield," said Summerfield Senior Living community relations director Janice O'Brien.

"We wanted to bring them back to the time when they were having fun and stimulate them."

Welcome Town Court to the Westmont Communities Family

Westmont Living recently acquired our newest community in the heart of downtown Escondido.

Westmont Town Court, formally Redwood Town Court, is a great addition to the Westmont Living portfolio. We are excited to add the additional team members and residents into our family of Independent, Assisted Living and Memory Care Communities! JANUARY 15, 2013
Westmont at San Miguel Ranch Now Open

Westmont at San Miguel Ranch Now Open

Westmont at San Miguel Ranch celebrated their Grand Opening

 Westmont at San Miguel Ranch celebrated their Grand Opening!  The community opened their doors to over 300 families, friends and guests during our official ribbon cutting ceremony.  Their first residents have already started to move into the beautiful community located in San Miguel Ranch of Chula Vista.  They still have a few apartments available for reservation.  Call or stop by anytime to see this amazing new Independent, Assisted Living and Memory Care community!

(619) 961-8986


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