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June 22, 2016

Will I think the world is cold

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:02 am

Tonight there is a special meeting at the Planning Board and on the agenda is an item for an assisted care living project on Bay Farm agenda is an item for an assisted care living project on Bay Farm.  Now this falls squarely into the “senior housing” category that practically everyone says that they would be more than happy with being built on the island.  Particularly when there’s another project slated and “senior housing” is used as the “see we’re not NIMBYs, we want housing, but just senior housing.”   Because, well, seniors don’t add as many car trips as other housing development types.  Plus who can say no to seniors right?

The site itself is 5.5 acres and the proposed plans are a 105,500 square foot senior assisted living/memory care building, and a future 8,000 square foot office building.

But even something that one would think would be okay in a business park: an office building and an assisted living facility naturally has opponents, because Alameda.

The benefit of an assisted living community is that it allows seniors to age within their own community particularly if they require additional assistance.  Or it would allow Alameda residents with elderly parents to move their loved ones closer to home so that they can make more frequent visits.  Periodically there are stories out there about the upcoming shortage in assisted living homes like these because of the aging baby boomer population.

According to the Bipartisan Policy Center the problem is simply getting worse.  Homes seniors currently are living in are not adequate from a design sense for an aging resident.  And seniors have indicated that they want to continue to stay in their own communities if possible.  This project will allow 127 seniors to get the care they need in a supportive environment.

I mean, who would say no to a project like this:

The 105,500 square foot commercial assisted living/memory care facility, licensed by the State of California, will serve approximately 127 seniors in need of assisted living facilities or memory care. The two-story building will also maintain the 35 foot setback in line with the other buildings consistent with the original Esplanade Plan.

The building includes facilities for the care, feeding, bathing, personal hygiene, laundry, and social program needs of the senior residents. The facility also includes a restaurant-style dining area and 24-hour food service, a movie room, physical therapy, and common living room for use by the residents.  The facility provides a variety of living spaces ranging from individual private rooms with bathroom facilities for single memory care residents, to larger one- and two-bedroom units for senior couples in need of assisted living.  The larger units would include private living, sleeping, and bathing areas, and a small food preparation space.   The food storage and preparation area will include a sink, counter, microwave oven, and refrigerator, but it will not include full private cooking facilities.  Because none of the living spaces include fixed cooking facilities (built-in stove and oven), none of the private living areas are defined as “residential units” under the California Building Code or the City of Alameda Municipal Code (AMC).

The average age of the residents at the facility will be approximately 82 years old, so it is anticipated  most residents will not drive. Therefore, the facility provides transportation (van) services for all residents. The van service is available to provide access to off-site doctor’s appointments, shopping opportunities at nearby shopping districts and access to off-site cultural events and activities. The facility would be fully staffed on a 24-hour seven-day a week basis by approximately 53 full-time equivalent employees.

But if even half of those seniors can move from an existing Alameda residence into this project, that’s 60 additional homes that would be added to our short housing supply.

Word is, however, that Mayor Trish has already announced that she will call the project for review, before the project has even been reviewed by the Planning Board.



  1. Any word on how affordable the senior living facility will be? Of course it best serves the purpose of adding homes to the market if it’s not affordable and even well-to-do seniors have to sell their homes to afford to live there. Renters can probably forget it altogether. A friend of mine’s mother is in her third facility in Alameda and headed toward her fourth because the money’s running out. The mom is in her nineties with dementia but with no other physical ailments and could live another 5 to 10 years. This is a huge problem and just getting worse. The downside of a long life. Save your money, folks. And teach your children well.

    Comment by Denise Shelton — June 22, 2016 @ 7:46 am

    • It looks expensive just based on the website and the services provided. Similar to Cardinal Point I would think. In general assisted living care is very expensive, with additional costs for the Bay Area proper address you can tack on an additional premium. Also it’s on Bay Farm with a bay view, this is clearly for seniors with means.

      Comment by Lauren Do — June 22, 2016 @ 8:03 am

      • It figures. There’s no money in building for anybody without means. Developers don’t do it out of the goodness of their hearts.

        Comment by Denise Shelton — June 22, 2016 @ 8:18 am

      • It’s also a 17 minute drive (without traffic) from the nearest hospital, either Kaiser San Leandro or Alameda. By law, there won’t be any health care professionals on the Westmont site.
        Westmont is clearly for seniors without any serious health problems.

        Comment by vigi — June 22, 2016 @ 3:30 pm

  2. rather than stopping this project, the city and WETA, need to come together and do everything in their power to fix the parking problem with the ferry service out there. Its hard to believe that people in this region still oppose every housing project no matter what kind.

    Comment by John P. — June 22, 2016 @ 9:24 am

  3. I’d be in favor of this project but 127 seems like a paltry number considering that this Island itself is essentially an old age home. Plus the cost to reside in the facility would be prohibitive for all but the most wealthy octogenarians. Perhaps they should consider a rear wing on the facility that offers assisted dying for those afflicted with penurious tendencies.

    Comment by jack — June 22, 2016 @ 10:28 am

    • Physician aid-in-dying is a medical service now, Jack. Can only be offered at a medical facility. Assisted Living Facilities are not Medical facilities. Sorry.

      Comment by vigi — June 22, 2016 @ 3:26 pm

      • I think you’re mistaken on where the service can occur, Vigi. Please reference that requirement.

        Comment by Jack — June 22, 2016 @ 6:46 pm

  4. I don’t see cost listed on website, am I missing it?

    Comment by dave — June 22, 2016 @ 11:03 am

    • Cost of what?

      Comment by Jack — June 22, 2016 @ 7:14 pm

      • Cost to live in planned complex.

        Comment by dave — June 22, 2016 @ 7:31 pm

        • Web search for this Bay Area is 5K+ per month.

          Comment by Jack — June 22, 2016 @ 8:19 pm

  5. I’m dying at home, it is much less expensive, & the drinks are free.

    Comment by John P. — June 22, 2016 @ 5:34 pm

  6. Plus you can be dog food for your Pits.

    Comment by Jack — June 22, 2016 @ 6:28 pm

  7. Westmont Morgan Hill has some pretty damning 1-star Yelp reviews:

    Comment by vigi — June 23, 2016 @ 10:00 am

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