A rental senior living project proposed by a developer for Dublin would serve a mix of seniors living independently, and apartments for high-acuity assisted living tenants and people who need memory care.

The project by Avesta Development Group would be located at 7601 Amador Valley Road, across the street from the Dublin Senior Center. An artists' rendering shows a four-story building that reaches most of the way between Donahue Drive and Starward Drive, with various design articulations to eliminate a flat-wall approach. The location currently is occupied by a closed commercial building.

At the council meeting Sept. 8, developer Mohammad Javanbakht asked the city council to take allocations from the Downtown Development Plan (DDP) pool for the 40 residential units.

The 32 memory care units and eight high-acuity assisted living units are considered a commercial care facility in Dublin's zoning ordinance, so the requirements are expressed in square feet of floor area. The developer requested an allocation of 9600 more square feet from the DDP, to meet the required number.

The next step will be for Javanbakht to negotiate a Community Benefit Agreement with the city.

Councilmembers liked the proposal. Don Biddle said, "It's a good project. It's the right location, and it's needed." Doreen Wehrenberg said that it will complement the senior center. She said that the closest similar facility is located in Livermore.

Vice Mayor Abe Gupta said that he would like to see a "more commercial, urban feel" to the design in such "a highly visible location."