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|Wesley Palms pitches plan to redevelop 35-acre site|
|San Diego Communities - PB/Mission Beach|
|Written by Keith Antigiovanni, writing for the Beach & Bay Press|
|Wednesday, 16 May 2012 10:33|
The Wesley Palms retirement facility, the largest non-government landowner in Pacific Beach, formally presented its proposal to redevelop the current 35-acre facility on Loring Street during the most recent Pacific Beach Planning Group (PBPG) meeting on April 26.
According to Bill Jennings of Front Porch, the company that owns Wesley Palms, the current facilities have fallen out of favor with today’s retiring residents, and that long-term redevelopment is necessary to remain competitive with other the local retirement facilities.
“The campus was built in the early 1960s and built with cinder-block construction in a modern style with very small units that have been expanded over the years,” said Jennings. “But there has been a tremendous amount of wood rot and the block construction has been crumbling in many areas.”
Jennings said the demographics of today’s retirees are now older, “more frail” and will be in greater numbers with the larger “Baby Boomer” population, which also creates the need for Wesley Palms to increase its assisted-living resources.
“In general we are trying to replace and renovate what we have for the next 50 years,” Jennings said.
Among the concerns for the residential areas that border Wesley Palms are traffic, parking and how the long period of construction will affect the quality of life for the homes on streets around the perimeter, which include Romney Road to the north, San Acquario, Pacifica to the east and Pendleton to the west.
This article originally appeared in the Beach & Bay Press (a media partner of SDNR).
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