Proposed Saratoga Retirement Community Project

Saratoga Retirement Community History

The Saratoga Retirement Community (SRC) campus is located at 14500 Fruitvale Avenue on three contiguous parcels, totaling approximately 37 acres. The General Plan land use designation of the property is Community Facility Sites, and the zoning is R-1-40,000. 

The original Odd Fellows Home is located on the property. The Odd Fellows Home was constructed in the early 1900’s by the Independent Order of Odd Fellows to care for older members of the order. It is now listed on the City of Saratoga’s Historic Resources Inventory.

On February 21, 1996, the City Council approved an increase to the number of residential units permitted at SRC from 170 to 307 units (164 independent living units and 143 assisted living units) and an increase in the number of skilled nursing beds permitted from 68 to 99 beds. SRC did not build all the units permitted in 1996. The facility currently has 249 units (143 independent living units and 106 assisted living units) and 94 skilled nursing beds. 

Proposed Project Description

On June 21, 2019, SRC submitted an application to the City seeking approval of three new buildings which would contain 52 independent living units. If approved, this would bring the total residential units to 298 and skilled nursing beds to 52. A new meeting room would be added to the existing Manor building, and a new workout room would be added to the existing fitness center. The project proposal includes 113 additional parking spaces and the construction of a public trail connecting Fruitvale Avenue with the San Marcos Open Space. 

Project Status

The project is currently under review. The City has retained a consultant to prepare the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and data collection. The California Environmental Quality Act requires that an EIR describe and evaluate a range of reasonable alternatives to the proposed project. Community members submitted an alternative plan to the City, which has provided the EIR consultant with the plan for analysis.

Project Plans and Conceptual Design

Interested community members can visit City Hall, located at 13777 Fruitvale Avenue, to review the proposed project plans.

SRC Conceptual Design


Process and Timeline

The community will have multiple opportunities to provide input at a series of public meetings with the Heritage Preservation Commission, Planning Commission, and City Council. Meeting dates and timeline updates will be added to this page as information becomes available.

Application submitted to the CityJune 21, 2019
Application materials under reviewOngoing
Community Information MeetingNovember 16, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.
Environmental Impact Report (EIR) 30-day public scoping periodNovember 22 to December 22, 2021
EIR Public Scoping MeetingDecember 9, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.

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Draft EIR 45-day review periodPending
Draft EIR MeetingPending
Planning Commission Study SessionPending
Final EIR preparation, including response to commentsPending
Heritage Preservation Commission review and recommendation to Planning CommissionPending
Planning Commission Public HearingPending
City Council Public HearingPending