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Discussion closed on October 21, 2020, 11:59 PM

  1. Barbara Gunion
    I am disappointed in the addition of another senior living facility. I have no objection to senior living on the whole. My mother is happy in one. I have had reason to get to know the community south of Arapahoe on either side of Holly as well as many of the existing SL places to the north. Since 2006 south of Arapahoe has become more and more diverse with more backgrounds, incomes and children. This makes for a more interesting community overall. It opens the door to more community focused businesses and centers. This project does not do that since there are already a lot of senior living places in the area and the population tends to not play a big role in shaping the community.
    1. Holly Park Developer
      Thank you for your feedback and we’re excited to offer a new, state-of-the-art senior living community to the residents of Centennial.
  2. Dorothy Lomme
    When do you plan to start construction, and when do you think the project will be completed?
    1. Holly Park Developer
      Thank you for your support. We plan to begin construction in Spring of 2021 with development being completed in late 2022.
  3. Claudia Engelhorn
    Hi there
    Why make the building so ugly. You built a stunning building for the living but a sadly ugly one for the living. Shame on you!
    1. Claudia Engelhorn
      Sorry a stunning building for the dying and an ugly one for the living
    2. Holly Park Developer
      Thank you for your feedback. We will be taking the neighbors comments and concerns regarding the overall design into account when finalizing the exterior design.
    3. Jenna Campbell
      On behalf of the City of Centennial Community Development Department:

      The proposed building will be reviewed against the non-residential design requirements of the Land Development Code. Community Development staff will provide suggestions to the developer on how to improve the design and appearance of the building so it meets the requirements.
  4. Mike Pesta
    This new development is very exciting. I think a facility of this caliber will complement the
    Kaiser campus well.
    1. Holly Park Developer
      Thank you for your support.
  5. DAVID BUBES
    "...Due to COVID-19 restrictions on large gatherings, the City of Centennial has developed a virtual community meeting process which utilizes mailings and online resources..."

    Why can't residents be contacted by email instead of learning about the project through a posting on Nextdoor.com? Doesn't the city have our e-mail addresses?
    1. Jenna Campbell
      On behalf of the City of Centennial Community Development Department:

      The City is required to mail a notice of community meeting to all property owners within 200 feet, all HOAs within 1/2 mile, and Centennial Council of Neighborhoods. Community members are welcome to also share information about an upcoming community meeting on social media like Nextdoor.com.
  6. Laura Sandstrom
    100% support this use for this land, please design it to be a beautiful site inside and out, our seniors and neighbors both deserve that.
    1. Holly Park Developer
      Thank you for your support, as local developers we are focused on making the project visually and functionally appealing.
  7. Christine Kennedy
    I am glad it will be a local senior living facility, as it fits with what is already there surrounding that site. And there is a huge apartment complex across on the other corner already (Villas at Holly), as well as Olde Mill off Arapahoe. I would think that a senior living complex would also help keep the traffic at that intersection down, as opposed to flooding the place with apartments or townhouses with active young families (or young singles). I do hope this will be *affordable* senior living for moderate income seniors... And I would hope that the architecture could blend in more with the surrounding style of the neighborhoods and not look like project housing (or Russia), as depicted in the photos. Personally I wouldn't want to live there with it looking like what the photo looks like. Give it some character! :)
    1. Holly Park Developer
      Thank you for your support. Our traffic study confirms your assumption that as a senior living facility, our use will minimize the impact on traffic – especially compared to other permitted uses that could otherwise be developed on the site. Additionally, we are committed to delivering a project that is architecturally pleasing.
  8. Sandra Goldstein
    I like the proposed idea of using this parcel of land for a senior living facility but am very disappointed in the exterior design of this building, and do not look forward to having to see it as I drive by every week for the next 20 to 30 years. The exterior is unimaginative, very institutional looking, and does not blend well with style of surrounding neighborhoods. An eyesore. I sincerely hope the exterior design can be revisited and improved before receiving approval. Thank you.
    1. Holly Park Developer
      Thank you for your support of our use as a senior living facility. We are refining the exterior to ensure continuity with the surrounding environment.
    2. Jenna Campbell
      On behalf of the City of Centennial Community Development Department:

      The proposed building will be reviewed against the non-residential design requirements of the Land Development Code. Community Development staff will provide suggestions to the developer on how to improve the design and appearance of the building so it meets the requirements.
  9. Erica May
    A senior living facility makes sense with the proximity to Kaiser and there likely not being many development spaces left so close to medical facilities. I imagine it would be nice for seniors to be near other similar facilities and there would be more activities and things nearby developed to fit them with so many so close. It seems efficient to me, even if it’s not my demographic and I’m happy with that choice if the community needs more senior living.

    I just ask you to please consider, can this building’s architectural style be made to look more like the housing of this area? It looks as though it were designed for a trendy, urban area, then those plans fell through and it got dropped on this second choice spot. It doesn’t look appropriate for the area. This is for the benefit of the whole community and our property values as well as residents of your buildings. If they wish to live in this area, most likely they enjoy the aesthetics of our area or at least want to feel they are in the same community as the rest of us. Our surrounding neighborhoods have lots of trees and landscaping, sloped roofs and a certain style of architecture, wood-like siding, and soft street lighting. The Summerhill II complex on the SW corner of Arapahoe & Holly, behind the apartment complex, is a good example of multi-story housing buildings which fit the area’s architectural style. That apartment complex in front of us also has one of its new buildings constructed which, while more modern, still fits in with our area’s style. Could this building be at least be closer to fit our area? Thank you for your consideration.
    1. Holly Park Developer
      We agree that a senior living facility complements the Kaiser campus and the community. We will take your comments into consideration as we continue to revise the exterior elevations in a manor that complements the community.
    2. Jenna Campbell
      On behalf of the City of Centennial Community Development Department:

      The proposed building will be reviewed against the non-residential design requirements of the Land Development Code. Community Development staff will provide suggestions to the developer on how to improve the design and appearance of the building so it meets the requirements. The project will also be required to meet landscaping and lighting requirements that will help enhance the site's appearance.
  10. Carole Madison
    We are fine with this but they are aesthetically very unattractive buildings.
    1. Holly Park Developer
      Thank you for your support, as a local developer and member of the community, the aesthetics of the building are a top priority for us. We are working to create an exterior design that is visually and functionally pleasing to our residents and neighbors.
  11. Gary Desmond
    Parking along edges of both streets is horrible eyesore! Site should be organized to provide parking internal to site. Tree and shrubs don't really screen cars, and the ones at the intersection could be dangerous creating blind spots.
    1. Holly Park Developer
      the trees and shrubs will be planted and located in accordance with the City of Centennial's Land Development Code along with proper considerations for the safety of both pedestrian and vehicular traffic.
    2. Jenna Campbell
      On behalf of the City of Centennial Community Development Department:

      The Land Development Code requires parking lots to be screened by trees and shrubs, but the developer can also use berms or fences/walls to help with screening. The City has restrictions on plantings or other objects that are placed in sight triangles at intersections. Landscaping will be reviewed as part of the Site Plan process.
  12. Lori Stack
    I agree with the poor aesthetics of the proposed building and am not in favor of the planned height (4 stories). The view for the residents at such a busy intersection also does not seem like a pleasant one for their quality of life.
    I would prefer a center of this kind not be developed at this location due to the high number of senior/care/assisted living facilities close to this location. This impacts the retail environment (many empty spaces currently available in local shopping centers) and would be better used for a commercial/service option that reflects the local community/residents and their needs/interests.
    1. Holly Park Developer
      Thank you for your feedback. We feel this project is well suited and properly designed in accordance to the zoning.
    2. Jenna Campbell
      On behalf of the City of Centennial Community Development Department:

      Thank you for your comments on the project. The zoning at this location allows for a maximum height of 50 feet.
  13. Cameron Mcdonnell
    I believe the use of this area is fine as a senior living area but I have to agree with most other comments that this building design does not match the area aesthetically and should be redesigned. We are not RiNo or downtown Denver and an area that does not need nor want square boxes. Its why we choose to live here. Take a look at the nursing home to the north, it’s architecture matches the area, the design should be similar. Also the height should be limited at 3 stories to match all existing building near by. In the developers drawings, they are capable of designing much nicer properties as their portfolio shows but this property design is sub-par. Build this property like you built the one in lone tree, you are on the edge of Greenwood Village, near cherry hills, and in an upper income area of centennial, the property should reflect the area.

    As for visual impact, a berm should be built along holly And along Arapaho to help limit the slow down of traffic. Visually you will be narrowing that intersection by having cars parked close to the curb which will slow traffic because of people looking. A berm would help hide all the cars parked along the outside edge of the parking lot making it look less like a shopping mall parking lot and possibly causing less slow down. I do worry people Leaving the property on holly will try to cut across 3 lanes of traffic to make aN east bound turn onto holly And may cause accidents. Limiting access to only Arapaho or putting in a street behind kaiser to get to a stoplight might be a better idea.
    1. Cameron Mcdonnell
      Correction- “ I do worry people Leaving the property on holly will try to cut across 3 lanes of traffic to make an east bound turn onto Arapahoe and may cause accidents. “
    2. Holly Park Developer
      Thank you for your feedback. As with all of our developments, safety is always a priority. All current and future traffic patterns and movements have been carefully studied by our traffic engineering firm, Kimley Horn.
    3. Jenna Campbell
      On behalf of the City of Centennial Community Development Department:

      The proposed building will be reviewed against the non-residential design requirements of the Land Development Code. Community Development staff will provide suggestions to the developer on how to improve the design and appearance of the building so it meets the requirements, such as a more residential appearance.

      The City's traffic engineers will review the developer's traffic study to determine whether any other improvements are needed to ensure safety.
  14. Andrea Suhaka
    I double-checked the LDC and BP50 is 50' in height. 4 stories = 52+ plus the extra needed on the top. This bldg is too tall?
    1. Jenna Campbell
      On behalf of the City of Centennial Community Development Department:

      Building height is measured from the average existing grade across the front building (“point of measurement”), measured at major corners of the building, to the top of the highest parapet of flat roof systems. Staff will work with the developer to ensure that the building meets the maximum height limitations.
  15. Andrea Suhaka
    You keep saying, reviewed against the city’s nonresidential requirement. This is a residential, multifamily bldg.!!! It’s insane to review it against nonresidential standards!!!
    1. Jenna Campbell
      On behalf of the City of Centennial Community Development Department:

      The proposed use (Assisted Living/Congregate Care) is considered an Institutional Use, not a Residential Use in the Land Development Code, so the building will be reviewed against the non-residential design standards. The City currently has no design standards for residential uses. The City has discussed with the developer ways to improve the appearance of the building.
  16. Gary Desmond
    If all you are doing is weighing planning and design against zoning requirements, allowing that design is a mindless exercise! Get some courage and think about QUALITY and impact on everyone who lives it!
    1. Jenna Campbell
      On behalf of the City of Centennial Community Development Department:

      Others in this discussion have also had similar concerns. The City has been in discussion with the developer about site layout and building design and will be looking at revisions to the plans. Are there any specific design aspects you would like to see incorporated?
    2. Erin Cassidy-Cernanec
      Perhaps the design can include a stone facade with some exposed wooden beams. A more rustic Colorado exterior instead of three different color brick that reminds me of institutional and office buildings. Some native CO landscaping with a nice path for the seniors to walk on around the building. bigger windows to let in more light and since it will be 4 stories, there will be some great views on the upper levels. There are ways to make the exterior of the building more inviting than the pictures provided. Perhaps more like the Sanctuary Golf Course event building. Modern Mountian chateau?
  17. Rhonda Livingston
    On behalf of CenCON, Centennial Council of Neighborhoods and as CenCON VP of Plans Review, we support the concerns of the neighbors regarding the appearance of the proposed building. We look forward to the new design renderings that will fit into the character of the surrounding area. Please make sure there is enough parking for residents, their guests, deliveries, staff members, medical contractors emergency vehicles (fire trucks) and special events. Most of those parking and emergency vehicle accesses and movements within the parking lots at your Jordan and Arapahoe site were overlooked and are a huge concern.
    1. Jenna Campbell
      On behalf of the City of Centennial Community Development Department:

      The proposed site plan will be required to meet the minimum parking requirements for Assisted Living/Congregate Care. Based on the layout for this site plan, we don't anticipate the same issues as at the Jordan & Arapahoe location. South Metro Fire will also be on the plan review to make sure there is adequate access and movement for fire trucks and other emergency vehicles.
  18. Cameron Mcdonnell
    I would like to see something with similar style to the senior center location to the North. A pitched roof with brick or stone and siding. The craftsman style matches many of the surrounding structures as well as has details that appeal to many. Using a mix of materials with siding, brick, and stone as well as using some actual architecture and details Will make it look Less like a hotel and constructed quickly with no thought. No mountain cabin designs please, it looks odd when it is not in the mountains. Also please make the landscape extremely well designed and not just a few trees on flat ground. Give it some design with hills and rocks and arbors. Something that gives it a great first impression for residents and neighbors alike