(This corrects an earlier version of this story related to when the Sherwood City Council will hear the Planning Commission's recommendation.)
The Sherwood Planning Commission has approved the addition of 20 assisted-living rooms and 73 independent dwelling units to The Springs of Sherwood off of Oregon Street in Old Town Sherwood.
The commission unanimously approved the expansion to the facility during a meeting on Tuesday night. The addition adds to the current 42,000 square feet facility, which contains a total of 57 memory care and 36 assisted living units along Oregon Street in what is both an entrance to The Springs as well as St. Francis Catholic Church.
Matt Straite, who is doing contract work for the city's planning department, told the commission the new units will include 80 new parking spaces as well as a new entrance that will be accessed off of Oregon Street as motorists are in the Old Town roundabout. Also, the new buildings will include a public plaza "which will act as a gateway coming into town," which residents will clearly see as they enter Old Town.
The assisting living portion of the new construction is a two-story structure while the independent living portion will be in a three-story building. Although the buildings will have average heights of 39 feet, 6 inches, at its tallest the three-story building reaches 48 feet. (By comparison, both Sherwood City Hall and Cannery Square apartments are 29 feet tall with the Old Town Lofts coming in at 43 feet tall.)
However, several architectural tricks are expected to mitigate the height from a visual standpoint.
Dean Masukawa, an associate with LRS Architects, said complicated roof lines and gables will break up any height concerns. Meanwhile, Masukawa said plans are to add outdoor seating to the new 11,800-square-foot public plaza which includes a grassy area that will face to the south on Oregon Street.
The project was generally supported by those in attendance, including Bill Montgomery of Sherwood Main Street, who said he thought the new facilities would create "zero" traffic and parking problems.
"We are really pumped about this project," he said.
During Planning Commission deliberations, Justin Kai, the commission's newest member, said while he initially had concerns about the scale of the project, he found that both the owner and architect have broken up the structure in such a way that it makes only a small visual impact.
F. Fee Stubblefield, Jr., founder of The Springs Living, said he was happy with the approval of the additional project, which now goes to the Sherwood City Council for final approval.
"I'll have family members living here," he said of an aunt, who lived in Sherwood the majority of her life and plans to return once the new facility is completed. Stubblefield said plans are to begin construction by the first part of 2018.
The Springs Living, an Oregon-based company headquartered in McMinnville, purchased its Sherwood location from Cedar Creek Assisted Living in 2012.
The Planning Commission's approval now is forwarded to the Sherwood City Council for final approval in the near future.