(10/16/2013, West Orange County) Ted Apodaca, the News Enterprise’s hard working editor/reporter/designer once again manged to get late-breaking news into his “Teditorial” on page 4 of today’s N-E, “ProLogis backs out of Katella project.”
Even better, the N-E’s online poll question asks what you would like to see on that infamous 33 acre project. Surprisingly, shortly after midday the results currently show 75% for Open space use, 25% for Senior housing, and 0% for Housing and retail.
“Senior housing” too broad?
West Orange County desperately needs to preserve what little open space we still have, turning much of it into parkland. However, as I’ve written before, my first preference for that 33 acre parcel would be the Continuing Care Seniors’ Residential Community that Cypress voters thought they were voting for when they passed Measure L a year and a half ago.
There’s a big difference between “Senior housing” and a “Continuing Care Residential Community,” which allows “aging in place” by providing the complete range of care from independent living to assisted living to nursing hospital and Memory Center facilities, all on one campus.
As I wrote in my comment to the online poll:
“Senior Housing” is too broad.
What Cypress and all of West Orange County most needs just down the street from the Medical Center is the Continuing Care Seniors’ community most Cypress voters thought they were voting for a year and a half ago when they took the property out of Measure D’s public/semi-public/open space designation.
This would allow our seniors to “age in place,” transitioning from independent living to assisted living to a nursing hospital or “memory center” all on the same campus.
That worked great for my Mom, except the Continuing Care Facility (Quaker Gardens) is 20 minutes away in the far corner of Stanton, and almost 50 years old.
Cypress, Los Alamitos, and Seal Beach already have multiple independent lioving Senior Housing communities, including the Massive Leisure World facility. We have some Assisted Living facilities and nursing homes. We lost our Alzheimer’s Facility when Tenet bought it out.
What our community and our Seniors need most just down the street from the Medical Center is a modern Continuing Care Community–exactly what Measure L seemed to provide.
A Continuing Care Community developer was and apparently still is interested in the property.
Otherwise, the property it should return to open space, parkland perhaps, as it was under the successful Los Alamitos Golf Club that Tiger Woods learned at and Hollywood Park bulldozed and then replaced with a bizarre course designed for visiting foreign executives.
It should be a Continuing Care Community or Open Space. Not yet another Leisure World or high density independent living facility.
The Devil is in the details.
With that explanation, I voted for “Open Space.” Were there a “Continuing Care Seniors’ Community” option, I would have voted for that, as I explained in the comment.
To vote in the poll or add your comment go to NewsEnterprise.net.
You can also add a comment below, since this is our weekly Wednesday post for you to also report, link and/or comment on items you notice in any media that might be of local interest.
And there should be a lot to comment on over the next seven days.