SAN ANTONIO HEIGHTS — Seniors looking to retire to a calm and quiet neighborhood with views of the valley will soon be able to do so in San Antonio Heights.
Oakmont Senior Living has plans to build a new assisted living and memory care facility at Euclid Avenue and 24th Street, replacing the vacant Albertsons building.
“We’re glad to have something taking place there finally that’s agreeable to the community,” said Ken Petschow, the president of the San Antonio Heights Association.
Construction will begin soon on the 3-acre property, and the community is expected to open this time next year, said Bill Mabry, a partner with Santa Rosa-based Oakmont.
Oakmont Senior Living was founded in 1997 and has more than 30 retirement communities in the western United States.Oakmont of San Antonio Heights will have 75 units, indoor and outdoor restaurant-style dining, a fitness center, activity rooms and art studio as well as a private movie theater. There will be studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments.
There will also be common areas, a large courtyard and a community garden.
“We were lucky to get that kind of room,” Mabry said. “We’re trying to utilize it as much as we can, and the views from up there are wonderful. ”
Reservations will be taken beginning in June.
Mabry said there have already been inquiries from people interested in accommodations for their parents and even themselves.
“I think that there isn’t really anything like this available in that area at all,” he said.
Mabry said community residents will have easy access to the Life Bible Fellowship church across the street.
“I think the San Antonio Heights area is obviously quite attractive,” he said. “There are beautiful homes. It makes it an attractive neighborhood for projects such as ours. ”
The 45,000-square-foot Albertsons building has been vacant since 2007.
It has suffered vandalism and numerous break-ins, making the building’s recent demolition a welcome sight to nearby residents.
“It was turning into an unattractive nuisance,” Petschow said.
“I didn’t know what was going to happen with it. We were never successful in being able to get another grocery store up there, which is what we’d really like. The area is saturated with grocery stores, so there was no way to get that. ”
For more, visit www. oakmontseniorliving.com.