Pleasanton Weekly

News - November 11, 2011

Council OKs Alzheimer care facility on Sunol Boulevard

One-story building will house 46 residents

by Jeb Bing

The Pleasanton City Council has approved plans by an investment group to build a 21,000-square-foot facility on a 1.7-acre site at Sunol Boulevard and Sycamore Road to accommodate up to 46 residents, mostly those dealing with Alzheimer issues.

The one-story "memory care/assisted living" facility will have 23 resident rooms and offices for staff and assisted care workers.

Also included will be a central dining room, activity rooms and a landscaped interior courtyard.

In 2007, a part of the property, now owned by Nick Kavayiotidis, was approved for a two-story office building. As the economy soured, that plan was shelved. Memory care/assisted living facilities are allowed under the same office building zoning rules in Pleasanton.

Kavayiotidis told the council that under California's health care laws, residents eligible to reside in his new facility must be at least 60 years old.

The facility will have a combination of double- and single-occupancy rooms with two driveways off Sunol Boulevard leading to a parking lot for 31 vehicles. The building will have a pitched roof just over 17-1/2 feet tall at its peak. Kavayiotidis has also agreed to construct 6-foot-high sound walls along the south and east boundaries of his property to serve as a noise barrier to homes along Sycamore Road.

Although property owners in the vicinity of the planned facility were notified of public hearings to discuss the plans, none appeared at the Planning Commission meeting last month or at Tuesday night's council meeting.

"This will be a beautiful building and this is the kind of facility we want to have in our community," Mayor Jennifer Hosterman said after the council voted 5-0 to grant Kavayiotidis' request to build and operate the Alzheimer's care facility.

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