Yolo County supervisors move forward with purchase of St. John’s Retirement Village despite lawsuit – Daily Democrat
The Yolo County Board of Supervisors voted to move forward with the purchase of St. John’s Retirement Village in Woodland despite a recently filed lawsuit seeking to block the sale.
Earlier this year, St. John’s Retirement Village announced it would be closing, citing the difficulties of the COVID-19 pandemic and rising operating costs as reasons for the closure. St. John’s was also forced to close the Stollwood nursing facility in September 2020 after it became unsustainable.
County staff were approached by facility executives and members of the St. John’s Board of Directors with the opportunity to purchase their property located at 135 Woodland Ave.
In April, a community group led by Stan Levers submitted another proposal for the use of the St. John’s property. At the same month’s board meeting, supervisors authorized a $400,000 advance to St. John’s to maintain the facility and supported the purchase of the site for a total of $2.9 million. , but also asked the St. John’s board to review Levers’ proposal and see if it was viable.
A few weeks later, the St. John’s board rejected Levers’ proposal and deemed the sale to the county the right move, leading to the ongoing litigation against the St. John’s board. John’s and Yolo County.
The St. John’s property contains the retirement village which spans approximately 9.83 developed acres and includes nearly 100 residential units, an administrative facility, a commercial kitchen and a skilled nursing facility. The property is also comprised of 3.68 acres of adjoining undeveloped land to the north.
During Tuesday’s meeting, Mindi Nunes, deputy county administrator, outlined potential uses for the buildings the county has explored, including CalWorks low-income housing for families and seniors, hospice and conservatory placements. and adult day health care.
“We think it’s an incredible investment,” said Pat Leary, board member of the Yolo Healthy Aging Alliance. “It combines housing, health care and social services on one campus. It’s almost an unprecedented opportunity the county is considering. There would be a number of non-profit organizations that would also be located on the site that serve a county-wide population.
One such nonprofit would be Meals on Wheels, which has been in talks with the county to lease the commercial kitchen to expand its program and bring it closer to more communities. According to Nunes, using the kitchen would allow the association to increase its production by 400 meals compared to what it is currently able to provide.
Supervisor Jim Provenza also noted the opportunities the facility could provide for creating intergenerational spaces, citing the importance these types of places play in facilitating beneficial relationships between seniors and children.
“The structure is such that the cottages surround the apartments, families and seniors will be close to each other, so it will be very easy to create spaces where they can gather,” Nunes added. “There are also plenty of opportunities inside for programming. There’s just a certain originality to this setup that I think really makes it easier for these groups to come together.
If final approval is granted, next steps would include applying for vouchers for low-income housing, renovation and rehabilitation for intended uses discussed, and executing leases with non-profit organizations. Low-income seniors interested in living in the facility could apply for these vouchers which would subsidize the rent to enable them to stay in the renovated apartments.
Supervisors voted unanimously to order staff to revise the buy-sell agreement to reflect ongoing litigation. The public hearing will continue until 9:00 a.m. on May 24 for the final review of the revised agreement.
“This is truly a unique opportunity to provide comprehensive services to seniors,” concluded Provenza. “It’s something that has been a goal of the commission on aging and the healthy aging alliance for the past decade, to be able to bring these services together, coordinate services and have a place where the elderly and disabled can go during the day and offer respite. to the guards. This is truly a remarkable opportunity.