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Senior living facility planned on El Rancho Road

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By Sandy Barnes

A Denver real estate developer is seeking a special-use permit to build a group living facility for senior adults on El Rancho Road.

According to the preliminary plan, the facility will have a maximum of 144 beds and 78 parking spaces for residents, employees and guests. The facility will be 109,000 square feet and will be constructed on two adjoining lots in the Tepees subdivision.

Residents living near the property will be notified and also will have a chance to learn about the proposal at a community meeting, which is scheduled at Home Depot in El Rancho on Aug. 22 from 6 to 7 p.m. The developer is expected to bring a rough sketch of the proposed facility to the meeting.

Integral Real Estate Development is under contract to purchase lots 5 and 6 at 1045 and 1055 El Rancho Road from owner George DeMarsico of Pine, according to Brian Levitt, who represents the agency.

The combined parcels are 7.2 acres and are zoned restricted commercial one. The vacant property is on the south side of El Rancho Road south of Evergreen Country Day School.

Jefferson County planner Analiese Hock said the developer has submitted two pre-applications and will go through the special-use permit process in the coming months.

“I think they’re willing to move at a fairly decent pace,” Hock said.

Special-use permits can take from two months to two years to process and gain approval, she said. In this case, Hock said she anticipated that a decision would be made on the permit by the end of this year.

According to information in a cover letter from the developer to Jefferson County Planning and Zoning, the two land parcels were initially intended to accommodate 110,000 square feet of commercial office space.

However, after analyzing the real estate market, Levitt said it was determined that the best use for the property was a group living facility.

“We believe the local market to be underserved in terms of providing quality community care for its elderly, and we also believe we would attract visitors from around the metro area, who would appreciate the benefit of living in nature,” Levitt stated.

Before granting a special-use permit under existing zoning, the application will be reviewed by the Jefferson County Planning and Zoning Commission, which will make a recommendation for or against its approval. The Jefferson County Board of Commissioners will then vote on the request.

If it receives the special-use permit, the developer would submit a formal plan for the project, Hock explained.

Contact Sandy Barnes at sandy@evergreenco.com or call 303-350-1042.