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Welcome to the Preserve SRC Campus web site
(SRC stands for the
Saratoga Retirement Community)

Preserve SRC Campus is an information organization with the goal:

To preserve the SRC campus, our home, as a rural and open space campus and to find a better way for the long term future of SRC than packing the campus with new buildings and underground garages.

Latest news - Planning Commission Study Session

The City has announced a Planning Commission Study Session, which will be held on September 27th at 7:30pm in the Civic Theater, 13777 Fruitvale Avenue, Saratoga. This meeting provides the opportunity for residents to express their opinions directly to members of the Planning Commission. We will be taking the opportunity to promote our Updated Alternate Proposal. We strongly encourage all residents who are affected by the proposed expansion or who have an opinion to attend.

Courage in Leadership Award

Congratulations to Preserve Coordinator Tsing Bardin on being awarded the City of Saratoga's 2023 Courage in Leadership Award. The photo shows Tsing and other Preserve SRC Campus supporters and was taken at the award ceremony held on September 9th, 2023.

Courage in Leadership Aware Award

Group overview

Members of the group act as individuals. The group, including this web site, is a way of disseminating information upon which individuals may act if they so choose.

The group was formed in response to an Expansion Plan submitted to the City of Saratoga by Pacific Retirement Services (PRS), who manage the Saratoga Retirement Community for the Odd Fellows Home of California.
When the expansion proposal was first announced, a number of residents developed an Alternate Proposal which they submitted to Saratoga City for consideration as part of the Environmental Impact Review (EIR).

Now that the Draft EIR has been published and extensively commented on, these residents have updated and simplified their proposal (the Updated Alternative Proposal). Do you support the Alternate Proposals? If so, then please click or tap here to send us an email and let us know and please send your comments to the City. Thank you.

Update, December 10th 2021: The City held a Community Meeting on November 16th 2021 and the EIR Public Scoping Meeting on December 9th 2021. Videos of both meetings are on the City Comment tab.

The Saratoga Falcon published an article on December 3rd 2021 entitled Senior and local residents advocate for an alternative to the proposed construction at the Saratoga Retirement Community.

What is the PRS Proposal?

PRS are proposing to add 52 Independent Living apartments in three buildings, as shown in the following campus map:

PRS Proposal map
They are also proposing to add a new meeting room and an extension to the existing fitness center. The three residential buildings would all have underground parking. The proposal also includes a new emergency access to the campus from Chester Road (opposite McLaren Lane, not shown on the above map).

What are our concerns?

Our concerns are that

Our concerns are summarized in the following marked-up campus map:

PRS Proposal

In this chart,
red no-no shows proposed buildings that we feel destroy the heart of the campus, and
yellow no-no shows a building that is too large and impacts nearby trees

The Updated PRS Proposal

PRS have submitted an update as an alternative to be considered during the EIR review. Their alternative responds to criticisms that Building B destroys the view of the historic manor. So in this proposal, they no longer include Building B and they remove two cottages, replacing them by a new Building D on the entrance car park and the site of the first two cottages on West Cottages Drive, as shown on this plan:

PRS Alternative Proposal

The Updated Alternate Proposal

The updated Alternative Proposal (September 2023) only adds one building to the campus, in a location which has minimal impact on the overall campus ambience and environment. The updated proposal is illustrated in the following campus map, which also shows the buildings in the PRS proposal which we do not wish to see constructed:

Residents' Updated
        Alternative Proposal

The key features of the updated proposal are:

The Initial Alternate Proposal (June 2021)

A number of residents  developed an alternate proposal and submitted it to Saratoga City for consideration as part of the Environmental Impact Review. This proposal provides the same number of apartments, but places them at the edge of the campus. It also includes a new, state-of-the-art skilled nursing facility. Our proposal is illustrated in the following campus map:

Residents' Alternative Proposal

The key features of the initial proposal are to

We retain the Fitness Center extension and new emergency access from the PRS proposal unchanged.

The advantages of our proposal over the PRS proposal include:

Our proposal, though developed by just a few residents, has rapidly received wide support from among the SRC residents. Of the 88% of the Independent Living Residents responding to a questionnaire sent from the Residents’ Council at the end of 2021, 76% oppose PRS plan and, in response to a separate question, 76 % support our proposal. See here for a full report of the questionnaire results.

Do you support the Alternate Proposals? If so, then please click or tap here to send us an email and let us know and please send your comments to the City. Thank you.

Preserve SRC Campus is an informal organization whose members are residents in the Saratoga Retirement Community

This page last updated on September 16th, 2023. Any problems with this web page? Please email the administrator.
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