Parking an issue with two proposed facilities

Two senior living facilities planned for Carmel Valley are sparking concern over a lack of parking. The two proposed projects, a 114-unit Creekside Villas and the 65-room Carmel Valley Assisted Living will both feature one or less parking space per resident.

The Carmel Valley Community Planning Board feels that while the parking lot may adequately serve a lower number of drivers, developers are not taking into account visitors, who will empty out onto community streets when they can’t find a space.

“There’s no cushion,” said Jan Fuchs, the planning board’s subcommittee co-chair. “One thing that can ruin architecture more than facade is when the streets in front of it become parking lots.”

Developers of the two incoming projects believe they are parked enough to meet city standards.

“City standards have never served well in this community,” said Jan Fuchs, the planning board’s subcommittee co-chair. “I would be concerned about that parking because there’s no place else for that parking to go.”

Kevin Moriarty, of Health Care Group proposing Carmel Valley Assisted Living, said the reality is that sadly the small number of visitor spaces is more than enough.

The two senior living facilities are targeting Carmel Valley as it is lacking in facilities for the elderly-only Brighton Gardens near Torrey Pines High School caters to the older community.

“There is a great demand for this type of facility in our community,” Moriarty said.

Creekside Villas, planned for 3.6-acres on Carmel Creek Road by San Diego Jewish Academy, wasn’t always meant to be a senior facility.

Going with the changing market, developers Mike and John Finley hope to change their original plan from 89 condos to 114 units that cater to independent and assisted living for seniors. The height of the project hasn’t changed and they still plan on preserving 75 percent of the land as open space.

The parking on the project has changed though, which worried Carmel ValleyCommunity Planning Board members. The city requires only one space per unit with senior communities, so spaces have decreased from 240 to 120.

If visitors came and there was not sufficient parking, Fuchs said, they would have to park on the tight Carmel Creek cul-de-sac which already has Pinnacle apartments and future condo development Peppertree Point to compete with.