Master planning ensures the long-term sustainability of our Saratoga Retirement Community by anticipating the shifting needs of our city’s older residents.
We’ve engaged in a thoughtful assessment, planning and evaluation process, now spanning four years, to arrive at the current Master Plan. Residents have been consulted throughout, and many of the proposed changes are based on their feedback. These include:
Other improvements proposed are a larger auditorium for meetings and celebrations as well as new independent living apartments. Accommodating more residents helps offset rising operational costs while supporting more amenities for all to enjoy. To take a virtual tour of the proposed master plan, please click here or here.
The Master Plan must also meet various financial, environmental and functional criteria to move it through the next steps in the City’s entitlement process.
Where possible, special modifications have been made in response to current resident concerns including holding construction of Building A for a seven-year period.
Saratoga Retirement Community is a very special place, and we all want this project to be the best it can be for generations to come.
Watch this space for updates as we continue through the City of Saratoga’s entitlement process.
In addition to rising operational costs, a mix of other factors drove our master planning process.
Many improvements were inspired by the needs of our current residents. The Saratoga area is aging dramatically and demand for high-quality communities like ours is growing. Additionally, lifestyle preferences and healthcare best practices are changing. Based on all of these inputs and trends, we identified several priority needs:
Our residents are very active, and they need easier access to their vehicles for their outings and their visitors as well.
The Master Plan introduces 113 more resident, employee and guest parking spaces.
Our residents are very social and engaged in the larger Saratoga community.
Our proposed 3,300 square-foot meeting room is a more functional gathering space for enjoying lectures, hosting celebrations and attending community group meetings.
Our culinary program is truly exceptional; however, there is only one dining room for our residents.
We plan to convert our current meeting room into a new dining venue creating more variety and choice.
Our fitness center is heavily used but undersized.
The expansion doubles the fitness center to 2,000 square feet to better accommodate our residents’ workouts, classes and more.
Our residents enjoy peace of mind knowing that their future healthcare
needs will be met. However, our Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
features mostly semi-private rooms.
Our plan converts the center’s rooms to fully private for our residents’
comfort and safety, which also benefits Saratogans needing quality care
close to home.
Growing demand for senior living care professionals and housing continues to put upward pressure on our costs, not to mention rising energy, insurance and other rising business costs.
With 52 additional independent living residences, the proposed project helps offset rising operational costs by spreading them amongst more residents.
The Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Rebekahs (IOOF), one of the oldest Fraternal Orders in the world, opens its home for older Saratoga residents.
Saratoga City Council approves an increase from 170 to 307 independent living and assisted living homes and 68 to 99 skilled nursing beds.
The previous master planning process begins with a major expansion that helps make Saratoga Retirement Community the special place it is today.
The project earns the Gold Nugget Award for Best Adaptive Re-Use Project, selected from among entries across the 14 western states and all countries bordering the Pacific Ocean.
The Odd Fellows Home of California Board begins the master planning process assessing the community’s needs for the coming decades.
A master plan study is presented to SRC residents and staff as well as City of Saratoga staff for feedback. New residents and prospects touring SRC are made aware that an expansion is being planned.
SRC residents receive a letter previewing the master plan and Resident Council receives a presentation.
SRC submits an application to the City of Saratoga for three new buildings and up to 298 residential units and 52 skilled nursing beds. The project traffic study is completed.
SRC neighbors are invited to a presentation on the future of SRC.
SRC neighbors receive a presentation on the future of SRC.
SRC neighbors receive an email with an update on the future of SRC and copy of the traffic study report.
SRC residents receive letter with master plan update and presentation.
SRC residents receive memo with master plan update.
SRC residents receive Zoom presentation with a master plan update.
SRC residents receive master plan update presentation, "A Vision for the Future" brochure and the opportunity to join a series of three Zoom sessions.
SRC residents receive a memo recapping Sept. Zoom sessions.
City’s PEBTA Committee recommends draft conditions of approval for the SRC project be submitted for a pedestrian easement along Odd Fellows Drive sidewalk.
SRC residents receive a PowerPoint master plan update.
SRC residents receive a letter with master plan update.
SRC submits a revised application to the City’s planning department.
SRC residents receive a master plan update via Zoom
SRC residents in small groups meet to receive a master plan update. SRC residents also receive a letter from OFHC Board on its decision to proceed with current master plan.
City hosts a Community Meeting on Zoom
Environmental Impact Report scoping period
City hosts an EIR Scoping Meeting on Zoom
The Master Plan has received approval from the Odd Fellows Home of California Board, and we’re confident that it meets the financial, environmental and functional criteria needed to move forward with the City’s entitlement process.
Residents have been communicated with throughout the master planning process and many of the proposed changes are based on their feedback, such as more parking, the addition of a new dining option, the switch to private rooms in the Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and more.
Additionally, we have also proposed minimizing the impact on today’s residents by deferring construction of one of the new buildings for seven years.
We are in the early stages of the entitlements process. The Odd Fellows Board has not approved any construction at this time, only master planning. Market and financial conditions would have to be aligned and the Board would have to approve any construction project before that phase begins.
In addition, a seven-year moratorium on the construction of Building A has been offered by the Odd Fellows Board which means no construction in the park would proceed until 2028.
Yes, residents can join the interest list when the time comes and be considered first for a new apartment home, subject to payment of the applicable difference in fees.
Yes. Fees are used to fund consultants and experts who develop and seek approval of the Master Plan among other costs associated with operating, maintaining and improving Saratoga Retirement Community.
If you are a current resident, you can look forward to:
These are all significant improvements to our community’s amenities.
With the addition of 52 new independent living apartment homes, you can also anticipate sharing the growing costs of operating Saratoga Retirement Community amongst a larger pool of residents. This keeps your monthly service fees from rising at the same pace as our rising operating costs.
This project contributes vitally needed housing to the City of Saratoga. The state is expected to require 1,700 new housing units in Saratoga between 2023 and 2031. This project will contribute 52 new homes toward that challenging goal.
Additionally, as older residents choose to move from their single-family homes to Saratoga Retirement Community, it creates opportunities for the next generation of families to put roots down here.
The proposed project also creates private rooms in a state-of-the-art Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for Saratoga residents to recover close to home from elective surgeries and other post-acute care procedures. The population of those over 85 years old in Santa Clara County has doubled over the past 10 years and will continue at that pace for the next 30 years. We’re proud to be a part of the community’s fabric of care.
Environmentally, the new buildings and landscaping will be designed and built to meet the City of Saratoga’s sustainability standards and support the City’s Climate Action Plan and goals.
The Master Plan also helps achieve long-term financial sustainability by welcoming new residents to share in the community’s rising operational costs.
If you don’t see the answer to your question in our FAQs above, we’d like to hear from you.
You can reach our project team at SRCmasterplan@retirement.org.
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