Walnut Creek retirement community proposed at business park

WALNUT CREEK —  A developer wants to build a retirement community and elder care facility on a 9-acre section of a large business park and market it for middle-income earners from the city’s sizable senior population.

But to make way for the project, the City Council would have to rezone the Shadelands Business Center property near Ygnacio Valley High School and allow 106 trees to be removed.

In addition, the city would need to expand the maximum floor-to-lot ratio it normally allows.

Those changes could be too much to ask for, the city’s Planning Commission suggested at a study session on the proposal last month, the first of several steps that must be taken before the project can be approved.

Planning Commissioner Brandt Andersson said all the permits and zoning changes required for the project to proceed “kinda raises a red flag.”

The development would include 254 apartment units in four buildings, a 136-bed care facility and a…

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