Challenged California Hotel Gets New Life As Senior Living

A once prominent hotel in the Sacramento area has been approved to become a senior living community, a week following an announcement of a similar conversion project taking place in Florida.

Developers plan to convert the Rocklin Hotel near the Sacramento metro area into a 67-unit senior living community that will include independent, assisted living and memory care residences.

During a meeting on December 3, the Rocklin Planning Commission approved a land use and entitlement permit to transform the Rocklin Park Hotel into the 49,250-square-foot Rocklin Park Senior Living, according to preliminary documents filed with the city.

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At one time the only high-end hotel in the area, the building, owned by locally-based company Omkar Rocklin, Inc. had been challenged in the marketplace as other hotels were built nearby, says Laura Webster, senior manager of planning services at the Rocklin Planning Commission.

“The hotel struggled in the market, so the owner was looking for a way to still be compatible in the neighborhood,” said Webster.

While Omkar Rocklin is the group that runs the hotel, Webster said the company is looking to partner with a firm that specializes in operating senior living communities. That group is Northstar Senior Living, which is listed as a partner in the project alongside Omkar Rocklin, Webster told SHN.

It is uncertain what services Northstar will provide in the project, whether Omkar Rocklin will rely on the firm for management or consulting for the community upon completion. NorthStar did not return a request for comment as of press time.

The next step for the soon-to-be transformed hotel is for developer to submit a drawing of construction plans, which include interior building tenant drawings to convert the structure, says Webster.

The announcement of the Rocklin Park Senior Living project arrived on the heels of a similar project announced for Fort Myers, Florida earlier this month that looks to convert a former Sheraton hotel into luxury senior living. The Pittman Group was the buyer for the property and the conversion cost is slated for $55 million.

During the same meeting that approved the Rocklin Hotel conversion, the Planning Commission also approved a design permit to allow the construction of a 93,000-square-foot community to be built on the northwest side of Rocklin called Whitney Ranch Assisted Living & Memory Care.

The applicant for this project was Seattle-based Columbia Pacific Advisors and the property owner is Sunset Ranchos Investors.

Written by Jason Oliva

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