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New senior living community proposed for Hilltop development in Truckee

Greyson Howard
Sierra Sun
Rendering courtesy of Ward Young Architecture and A rendering of Pollard Station, a proposed senior living community for the Hilltop area near the Cottonwood restaurant.
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TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; The first project in the Hilltop development in Truckee could be a senior living community.

FNC Communities of Truckee is proposing an 8-acre project named Pollard Station, which includes 153 units, both for sale and for rent, and a list of features designed to accommodate the senior community.

and#8220;Pollardand#8217;s Station was a turn-of-the-century hotel, a train stop and a gathering place,and#8221; said Phil Shapiro, managing member of Senior Traditions, hired by FNC to provide strategic planning. and#8220;That concept of gathering is a big deal for senior socialization.and#8221;

Different units throughout the complex will cater to different age groups and levels of care, from cottages for those more independent and mobile to apartments specifically catering to those with physical or cognitive issues needing special care, Shapiro said.

Amenities range from gathering points and dining areas to an aquatic center and a stargazing deck, Shapiro said.

and#8220;I think it will be wonderful to have this facility,and#8221; said Sarah Deardorff, executive director of Sierra Senior Services.

Right now, Truckee Donner Senior Apartments offer independent living, and extended senior care. However, no transitional living opportunities or a senior center are available in the area, Deardorff said.

All design aspects of the projects will take into consideration the needs of aging residents, Shapiro said.

and#8220;The No. 1 reason for people age 65 and older go to the hospital is related to a fall, so the question is how do we reduce that,and#8221; Shapiro said.

Shapiro, who has worked in senior living for 25 years, said the concept started with the property owners, FNC Communities (formerly Fitch and Cook), who saw a need for such a project in the Truckee/North Tahoe area.

and#8220;The last four to five months have been to market investigation,and#8221; Shapiro said.

Surveys were sent out to seniors 75 years old and over in the area and the adult children of seniors not in the area, who might be interested in having their parents closer by, Shapiro said.

and#8220;We found over 4,000 adult children and#8212; what we call the sandwich generation, basically the peanut butter between senior parents and kids in high school or college,and#8221; Shapiro said.

The zoning amendment for the project is in to Town of Truckee staff now, Shapiro said, and the project proponents will meet with neighbors over the next few weeks to gather community input.

If the project gains public support and is approved by the town, Shapiro said FNCand#8217;s goal would be to break ground in June, setting it up to open in late fall of 2011.

Its construction would require building one of the planned roads for the Hilltop development, a 57-acre master plan approved by Town Council in April 2008.