Health & Medicine

Nursing center proposed for Tahoe Park area

A sign at 59th and T Streets greets visitors to Tahoe Park. Plans filed by Pacific Coast Investments call for construction of a 159-bed, 103,000-square-foot skilled nursing center at 63rd Street between 18th Avenue and Manley Court.
A sign at 59th and T Streets greets visitors to Tahoe Park. Plans filed by Pacific Coast Investments call for construction of a 159-bed, 103,000-square-foot skilled nursing center at 63rd Street between 18th Avenue and Manley Court. Ed Andersen

A Santa Barbara company is proposing to build a 159-bed skilled nursing center at a former convalescent hospital site in Tahoe Park, officials said Friday.

Plans filed by Pacific Coast Investments call for construction of the two-level, 103,000-square-foot center at 63rd Street between 18th Avenue and Manley Court.

The former Fairhaven Convalescent Hospital, which closed in 2004, is now on that site and would be demolished if the new proposal receives city backing, said local attorney Ryan Hooper, who represents the project backers.

Pacific Coast’s request for a conditional use permit to operate on the site goes to the Sacramento Planning and Design Commission on Thursday. If approved there, the plan would undergo a nearly yearlong review by medical regulators before construction could begin, Hooper said.

According to the application, the center would have 113 patient rooms and 159 beds, along with a therapy gym, outdoor pool, library, courtyards and administrative offices. Patients would be transferred from hospitals for continuing treatment of injuries and other ailments. The facility would not serve people with substance abuse, memory or psychiatric issues, according to the application.

Hooper said the proposed building design was worked out with the assistance of local residents and would have a “Craftsman feel with a residential character. We’re trying to blend in with the neighborhood.”

Pacific Coast has developed and owns about a half-dozen skilled nursing centers, Hooper said.

“There’s a significant need in this area for this type of service,” he said.

The application was accompanied by a letter from the Tahoe Park Neighborhood Association, saying it is backing the project because it’s “preferable to high-density, multifamily housing.”

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