Plan submitted for memory-care project

       A proposal for a memory-care center off Lower Gold Camp Road has been submitted to the city.
       Called Morningstar at Bear Creek, the facility would be one story, 35,475 square feet in all, and would include 48 “bedroom areas” (four of them with two beds), according to project consultant Marc Whorton.
       The triangle-shaped five-acre parcel is on the north side of the road, just east of Mountain Spirit Point (a private street) and several hundred feet west of 21st Street.
       Such centers typically house seniors suffering from Alzheimer's or dementia.
       For construction to occur, the ownership group will need city approval of a zone change (increasing the density slightly from the current 8 units per acre), as well as a development plan for the work that's planned.
       Whorton is with Classic Consulting (a Colorado Springs firm), which has submitted the plans on behalf of the ownership group, Vodka Valley LLC, city records show. In a phone conversation, he clarified that Classic is working for MVG, a Denver group that plans to actually develop the property.
       Details about MVG were not available at press time, although Whorton said the group is currently building another memory-care center elsewhere in Colorado Springs.
       The Lower Gold Camp Road site is desirable in part because it's close to an existing retirement community (Village at Skyline, a short distance west, also on the north side of Lower Gold Camp). Other advantages, Whorton said, are that the site was planned for senior living under a previous plan, and the current zoning is very close to what MVG is looking for.
       Ryan Tefertiller of City Land Use Review pointed out that the Village at Skyline ownership gained approval two years ago for a five-story, 52-unit facility for special nursing and memory care; however, no construction has occurred.
       Tefertiller is still reviewing the Classic Consulting submittal and expects to provide staff comments on it by March 15. Eventual approval will be needed from City Council. The public is also welcome to make comments by March 11, he said. His phone is 385-5382; his e-mail is

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