Pleasanton Weekly

News - June 17, 2011

Construction starts on Staples Ranch retirement community

Multi-million-dollar project is first of major developments on property

by Jeb Bing

Bulldozers and a long row of giant earth movers began preparing part of Pleasanton's 124-acre Staples Ranch on Tuesday for construction of a multi-million-dollar upscale retirement community being developed by Continuing Life Communities (CLC).

The 635-unit continuing care community, which will open to residents as buildings are completed over the next two years, is the first of several major developments planned for Staples Ranch, a site recently annexed into Pleasanton that is located at the southwest corner of I-580 and El Charro Road.

Troy Bourne, vice president of planning and development for CLC, said an official groundbreaking event to celebrate the actual start of building construction will be held later this year.

Stoneridge Creek, the first new continuing care retirement community of this scale to be built in the East Bay in decades, is also the first in the area to feature single-story homes as a component of a campus-oriented design.

The community will offer a comprehensive package of housing options, services and amenities geared toward healthy living for those 62 and older. Approximately two-thirds of the homes in Stoneridge Creek's first phase have already been reserved.

When completed, the community will include up to 635 homes with nearly 20 different floor plans ranging from 700-square-foot apartment-style homes to 2,500-square-foot, single-story "villas" with attached garages. Homes will be offered with one-, two- and three-bedroom options, all with full kitchens.

Bourne said that a key component of the new community will be its state-of-the-art health center located next to the main Stoneridge Creek campus. The health center, with 68 assisted living apartments (including a dedicated memory support area) and 73 skilled nursing beds, will be licensed by the state's Department of Health Services and Department of Social Services and will be open to the general public as well as Stoneridge Creek residents.

In addition, the new community will offer residents several restaurant venues ranging from casual to fine dining, a library, billiards and card rooms, as well as a computer lab and business center. The gate-guarded community will include indoor/outdoor maintenance of residences, regular housekeeping and linen service, landscape maintenance, scheduled transportation to shopping, local medical offices and places of worship, a 24-hour emergency response system and most utilities.

Residents will have access to a host of social, recreational and educational activities, as well as numerous outings to sports and cultural events in the Bay Area.

Other onsite amenities include a spa and fitness center offering various services, treatments and exercise programs with an indoor open-air pool, steam room and spa terrace. Those living there can also enjoy a short-game golf course, dog park, bocce and croquet courts, garden center, and walking and cycling trails. Stoneridge Creek will also include a performing arts theater for various musical and theatrical performances and lectures, a state-of-the-art movie theater, an art studio and a woodworking shop.

An information center for Stoneridge Creek, open Monday through Saturday, is located at 5698 Stoneridge Dr. For more information, call (800) 849-0023 or visit the website at www.stoneridgecreek.com.

Based in Carlsbad, Calif., Continuing Life Communities, established in 1991, is the owner/operator of several continuing care retirement communities throughout California, including award-winning communities of La Costa Glen in Carlsbad, Morningside in Fullerton and University Village in Thousand Oaks.

CLC will occupy 46 acres of Staples Ranch with plans already approved for Hendrick Automotive Group to build a new auto mall on its 37-acre portion of Staples, next to the 580-El Charro Road junction.

Plans for Staples also include 11 acres set aside for future use as a retail center, about 17 acres identified as parkland, and 10 acres tentatively earmarked for a two-story, four rink facility to be built by San Jose Arena Management, a subsidiary of the San Jose Sharks.

Directly across El Charro, a 160-plus store outlet mall has been approved by Livermore, with construction there expected to start later this year or in 2012.

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