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By Steve Breazeale
On Tuesday, Oct. 21, the San Juan Capistrano City Council approved a project to build a continuing care retirement community on a 35-acre plot of land off Del Obispo Street.
Mayor Sam Allevato and council members Larry Kramer and John Taylor voted for rezoning the land from agricultural business to allow for the development. Councilmen Roy Brynes and Derrick Reeve opposed.
The council vote went against the San Juan Capistrano Planning Commission’s Sept. 30 recommendation to deny Spieker Senior Development’s Laguna Glen community. The site currently serves as the distribution site for Armstrong Garden Center. The council has the right to amend the General Plan four times a year.
The Planning Commission voted 2-1 against certifying the developer’s environmental impact report, citing increased density, impact on traffic and water demand among the proposal’s negatives.
The proposed continuing care retirement community will feature 407 living units for seniors age 60 and up at 32382 Del Obispo Street. There will also be a health care center with 39 assisted care units, 21 memory-support care units and 41 nursing-care rooms.
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