Senior Housing at Armstrong Nursery site

Armstrong Gardens property being developed into senior housing? I thought it was zoned agricultural. Did that go by me? Has the rezoning already happened?
Penny Arévalo (Editor) January 20, 2014 at 08:15 PM
No. Still in process.
Donna Fleming January 20, 2014 at 08:27 PM
I just came from Armstrong and the contractor has set up an office structure in the Armstrong parling lot. They are getting ready to grade. The manager at Armstrong told me it was a done deal.
Mark Speros January 22, 2014 at 09:30 PM
When and where did this approval occur? Talk about way under the radar...was this yet another "slight of hand" developer deal done in the shadows...again?
Donna Fleming January 23, 2014 at 02:12 PM
Mark..The principal goal should be to preserve the character of the small, rural village like community with abundant open space. from SJC general plan. This property is zoned Agri business. Rezoning to allow developers to build a senior housing complex is not in align with the city general plan. I am not sure if this rezoning was done by "slight of hand". But, this development goes against the city general plan. More traffic, noise, and need for water are reasons to deny any rezoning. This would be another drain on a city who cannot supply enough WATER for existing residents. Seniors certainly cannot afford the water rates in San Juan Capistrano.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) January 23, 2014 at 02:16 PM
It is not a done deal. The applicant is asking for general plan amendment. That MUST go before the City Council. There's also a re-zone, an architectural control application and tentative tract map. All of these must go through the proper channels with public hearings. In December, the developer went before the Development Advisory Board. This is a precursor to a Planning Commission hearing/s.
CHK January 23, 2014 at 03:38 PM
I went to the Open House held by the city regarding this project and was very impressed with what the builders are offering. I believe that this project will enhance the image of SJC & provide our seniors with another alternative to the facilites already in place. This project is going to be a lovely additon to our community & if approved will come to fruition in 3 - 4 years. Please learn more about it before you jump in & start to condemn it. At the 2 hour Open House yesterday there were less than 100 in attendance.
Donna Fleming January 23, 2014 at 04:46 PM
CHK...many more people would have attended if had not been at 4:00pm. Many people work and could not make it. I am sure it will be lovely but what is the impact on the community? And, there are two senior housing centers within a mile of this site. One allows only for visitors and the residents do not drive. At present the plants present a beautiful green vista and they are very quiet.
CHK January 24, 2014 at 01:11 PM
The meeting was held from 4 - 6 PM Representatives from the City of SJC were there to take not of resident's concerns and all were encouraged to fill out a form stating their concerns which will be submitted to the city for consideration. Those responsible for the building & managment of the community were also on hand to share plans & listen to concerns, answer questions & explain the project. Many of the people that will be using this facility and have a desire to live at this community are retired - where were they?
Donna Fleming January 24, 2014 at 06:20 PM
CHK Your question retired people who desire to live in this community - where were they? They could be anywhere. Maybe they live in Los Angeles and their kids want to keep them closer to family. Maybe they are moving from a cold climate and want to retire in San Juan Capistrano. This could be retirees of Michigan or Chicago. Retired people who are possible buyers for units in this community could be anywhere across the USA before they make the retirement move to a senior living community. I doubt they would have an interest in the open space and zoning concerns that needed to change before the place was built.
Bizzi B January 25, 2014 at 09:32 AM
Just wanted people to know the actual Armstrong Garden Center retail STORE is not going any where! It is the Growing grounds area behind the store is up for the development. Ive worked at Armstrong for over 15 years...we have nothing to do with property owners decisions on the property we lease....so tired of the million questions and the mad neighbors taking out their frustrations on the employees....it is a very sad situation...but we have no control over whats happening. thanks
CHK January 26, 2014 at 06:46 PM
Actually, I moved here from the east coast knowing nothing about the concerns of the city and it's residents; I just knew I loved it here! Since then, I've gotten quite an education!
Donna Fleming January 29, 2014 at 05:43 PM
CHK...Welcome to San Juan Capistrano. This is a beautiful city, the first settlement in California, the working mission. There is so much history here and the community seeks to keep our open space and restore old homes. The developers seek to buy up every inch and build condos. And, we have water issues and local government (good ole boys), running things. At any rate, welcome newcomer. T
CHK January 30, 2014 at 12:57 PM
Thank you - I am now aware of these issues....


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