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Nursing home/rehab in works
Proponent signals seriousness with lot line adjustment
Hatch nursing
A 47,348-square-foot, 175-bed rehabilitation and nursing facility is proposed for 1930 E. Hatch Road, bringing in about 130 new jobs. - photo by Contributed to the Courier

Members of the Ceres City Council approved a lot line adjustment on Monday so that plans for a previously-approved rehabilitation and nursing home facility may be constructed on Hatch Road in Ceres.

In 2009 the Ceres Planning Commission approved a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to allow a 47,348-square-foot, 175-bed rehabilitation and nursing facility at 1930 E. Hatch Road, but the project never developed. The approval, held by Rai family, expired in 2012. Plans have been dusted off and the proponent obtained Planning Commission approval for a new CUP in March.

"It's a huge amount of jobs," commented City Manager Toby Wells. He added that those jobs are typically good paying. An added benefit to the Ceres community would be filling a great need for care.

As approved in 2009, the Hatch Road Rehabilitation Center is designed for 24-hour care for those 60 years of age or older as well as those needing rehabilitation care. City officials estimated then that the facility would employ 130 of which 60 would be on day shifts.

The facility will include physical therapy and occupational therapy rooms, two dining areas, two patio areas, and a total of 77 living units - 22 which will accommodate three beds and 54 being rooms for only two patients.

The parking lot that was approved in 2009 called for 147 parking spaces.

Senior Planner Tom Westbrook called the facility a "good fit" for the Hatch Road block which already has several churches, a school, Davis Guest Home and doctor's offices.

Decades ago the city approved creation of two parcels of 0.9 acres, and 2.97 acres, with the smaller lot now bearing a 3,450-square-foot building and parking lot. Because the design of the rehabilitation facility would encroach over the property line shared between the two parcels, a condition of approval was imposed on the CUP requiring the project to obtain a Lot Line Adjustment. The applicant decided to keep the two parcels separate but move the line so that the building does not encroach upon it.

The adjustment will result with a new Parcel 1 of 0.41 acres and Parcel 2 at 3.46 acres.

Both parcels are designated as Office (O) in the City General Plan and are governed under the City Zoning Ordinance with a zoning of Administrative Professional (A-P).