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Senior Lifestyles

New name, new look: Los Altos retirement community proceeds with rebuilding

Photo Photo Courtesy Of The Terraces At Los Altos An architect's conception previews the new Terraces at Los Altos building, scheduled for groundbreaking in 2012.

 

The longstanding senior retirement community at 373 Pine Lane in Los Altos has a new name. Within a few years, it will have a new look.

Pilgrim Haven, first opened in 1949, gave way to the new name, The Terraces at Los Altos, beginning Oct. 1. Terraces, a member of the American Baptist Homes of the West group of retirement homes, held an open house with nearby residents to celebrate the name change and update neighbors on plans for its major facilities renovation.

“The neighbors at this point are feeling their concerns are being responded to,” said Terraces Executive Director Rae Holt.

That’s a far cry from last year, when residents expressed myriad worries about the proposed project – a massive undertaking with the demolition of 12 existing structures and construction of three large buildings involved. The three-year construction timeline had residents, including the neighboring Santa Rita School community, concerned over trucks hauling dirt creating traffic, noise and safety issues. By the time the Los Altos City Council approved the project in August 2009, several compromises had been struck with residents, including abbreviated times for truck traffic, changes to landscaping and placement of the project entrance and, most recently, a reduction in floor-area ratio from 38 percent to 35 percent of the total land.

Attention is now turning to spreading the word about the facilities changes. Randy Eilts, handling the project’s public relations, noted that Terraces held two seminars last week geared toward attracting new residents.

“Thus far, they have 225 ‘priority members’ (individuals or couples) who’ve essentially raised their hands and said, ‘Yes, I want to learn much more and am interested in the new community,’” Eilts said.

Additional seminars are scheduled Monday and Oct. 27 at Crowne Plaza Cabaña and Nov. 2 and 9 at Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club. To RSVP, call 917-9661.

Plans, which include two two-story buildings and one three-story, 30-foot-tall structure, would accommodate up to 181 residents, nearly 30 more than is currently possible.

Holt said Terraces officials are anticipating a spring 2012 timeline to begin construction. Plans for a skilled nursing center must go through a yearlong review process by the state’s Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development.

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