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Senior housing planned at portion of Red Lion Woodlake site

A Seattle-based investment company is planning to build a three-story, 136-bed residential care facility on the west side of the Red Lion Hotel Woodlake property in North Sacramento.

That’s according to an application recently submitted to the city by Columbia Pacific Advisors, which bought the 20-acre hotel and convention center in May from Kumar Sharma.

“It would be assisted-care residences and memory-care residences for people with (conditions such as) Alzheimer’s,” said senior city planner Lindsey Alagozian.

The application will be reviewed by various city departments before being considered at a public Planning and Design Commission hearing in about six months, she said.

The proposed stucco and stone building, described in the application as “modern mission style,” would be built on about 3.7 acres at the western edge of the sprawling hotel complex at 500 Leisure Lane. Buildings resembling an old motor lodge, currently at that location, would be razed to make way for the new facility.

The main portion of the hotel would continue to operate in its current format.

Columbia Pacific officials did not return calls for comment on Wednesday. But the company – a big developer of senior housing – has been reaching out to residents in the area around the hotel to discuss its plans.

One such meeting recently was held with the Woodlake Neighborhood Association, according to the group’s president, Bill Farrell.

Farrell said there was no opposition to the plans voiced at that meeting and said he supports the company’s efforts to “reverse the downward spiral” at the once-popular hotel as well as its plans to bring new jobs to the area with senior care operations.

The Red Lion Woodlake is the second long-established local hotel to be converted, at least partly, to senior housing. A San Diego company is proceeding with plans to build a 141-unit seniors complex at the current location of the Clarion Hotel at 16th and H streets.

Here’s the scoop

Sacramento native Cynthia Broughton has long been “all about food.”

During her school days in the 1970s, at Bishop Manogue and Elk Grove High, she said she “used to play hooky … and stay home and cook.”

After graduating from UC Berkeley, she worked in food prep at Narsai’s market in the Bay Area, managed sales for a wholesale gourmet foods supplier and started an organic farm in Lake County before setting up business consulting and stress management practices.

Now she’s getting back into the food biz, opening an “artisan” ice cream parlor and eatery in city-owned space at 1013 L St.,the former site of Café Roma.

The City Council approved the lease for her shop, Cornflower Creamery, last month. The opening date is Sept. 1.

“I’ve been really diving into ice cream,” Broughton said of her months of preparation for the new venture. “It’s such a great platform to be creative.”

Her concept, she said, is “farm to scoop” – with locally sourced dairy products and filler ingredients, ranging from fruits and nuts to biscotti and candy, supplied by local growers and businesses. She’s even in talks with another soon-to-open downtown merchant, Heather Wong of the Spice Emporium, to help develop cones and sundaes with “Middle Eastern” flavors.

Planned are a mix of ice creams and sorbets along with sandwiches, soups and salads.

Broughton said she will keep the shop open in the evenings, often until 11 p.m. That puts her in a group of merchants envisioning a different sort of downtown that’s alive long after state offices close, said Valerie Mamone-Werder, business development manager with the Downtown Sacramento Partnership.

Broughton and other newcomers drawn to the downtown core “aren’t looking at the market the way it used to be,” Mamone-Werder said. “They’re looking at where it’s going.”