A senior independent living facility is in the early stages of development in Arbuckle, and the developer, Arbuckle resident Charles Geyer, has planned a community meeting to validate the local need for senior independent housing, gauge the levels of support and interest, and take suggestions and feedback regarding the potential project.
The community meeting is scheduled for Dec. 7 at 6 PM, at the Arbuckle Golf Course.
As currently conceptualized, the project would be built on a 6.45 acre undeveloped property, located between Seventh Street and Hillgate Road, and would consist of 36 single-story, one- and two-bedroom, disabled-accessible apartments. The units would be available for rent to people of at least 55 years of age.
Currently, the project’s developers do not foresee there being income requirements for potential occupants.
According to a statement provided by the project’s architect, Ken Yamauchi, the Geyer family’s proposed Arbuckle senior housing project is aimed to make local residents’ day-to-day lives easier, enabling them to live on their own for as long as possible. Residents of the facility would benefit from landscaping and garden services, meal preparation, a recreation center, a community garden, walking paths, security surveillance, local transport, and a variety of activities and events.
The need for additional senior housing options is pressing across the country, according to Yamauchi.
“The United States is on the cusp of an extensive and far-reaching demographic transformation as the senior population is expected to more than double in the next 40 years,” Yamauchi said in a statement. “Rural America is ‘older’ than the nation as a whole, and more than one-quarter of all seniors live in rural and small town areas.”
Yamauchi added that rural elders are increasingly experiencing challenges with housing affordability and quality, and that for many of them the only housing options are their own homes, which are often difficult for them to maintain, or nursing homes.
“With the scope and magnitude of the looming demographic shift of seniors, rural communities will need to develop a range of housing options available to seniors such as more rental housing, rehabilitation and repair programs, housing with services, and assisted living,” Yamauchi said. “These options not only enhance the lives of seniors, but are fiscally prudent measure that are more cost effective than other long-term care options.”
Locally, the options are even more limited.
“Locally, within a 25 mile radius, there is an independent living community in Colusa… Eskaton Frank Jaconetti Manor. Within a 35-plus mile radius, several communities are available in Woodland, Yuba City, Marysville, Oroville, and Gridley,” Yamauchi said. “Based on the projected increase in the senior population and lack of local independent living accommodations, the proposed Geyer family Senior Independent Living Community Housing Project is certainly needed to serve the aging population within Colusa County.”■