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The proposed Bonaventure senior living facility would be built on 5.43 acres of Timberhill property near the intersection of Northwest Century Drive and Northwest Kings Boulevard.

A new Bonaventure senior living facility is on the way for the Timberhill area in the north part of Corvallis.

The Corvallis Planning Commission, on a 4-2 vote Wednesday night, approved the plan for the four-story project that will be built on 5.43 acres of land near the intersection of Northwest Kings Boulevard and Century Drive. The project would consist of 150 units divided into three levels of care: independent living (62 units), assisted living (61 units) and memory care (27 units).

Commissioners held a public hearing on the application at their Jan. 16 meeting, but requests to hold the record open led to the postponement of deliberations until Wednesday.

Key issues commissioners dealt with were whether the developer offered the right compensating benefits for the variances being sought from city code.

The developers asked for variations from code on maximum setbacks, hillside development cut and fill standards, block perimeter standards, pedestrian-oriented design standards and the width requirement for a multi-use path that is proposed for the site. The applicant also requested authority for four-story buildings with a maximum height of 38 feet. City code limits construction to three stories and the overall height to 35 feet. The developer said that the buildings would be built in a recessed “dug in” way and that planting more trees and larger shrubs than required also would mitigate the impact of the larger buildings.

Commissioners considered two amendments before advancing to their final motion. First, a motion by vice-chair Carl Price OK’d an 8-foot width for a multiuse path. City code calls for 12 feet, but in their final argument the developers added three park benches to the area of the path, additions Price cited in his motion. Price was joined in the 5-1 vote to approve by TJ Lamkin, Tom Jensen, Jeff Ginalias and Jim Boeder. Vanessa Blackstone voted no. Christopher Ouellette abstained throughout because he was not present for the earlier public hearing.

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Blackstone offered a second amendment that added restrictions on the kind of lighting that could be used on the buildings and their pathways, suggesting that the developers’ proposal of enhanced landscaping as a compensating benefit for exceeding code on building height was not enough. Blackstone’s motion fell on a 4-2 vote, with only Boeder joining her in the yes column. Lamkin, Jensen, Price and Ginalias opposed the motion.

On the main motion to approve the facility Lamkin, Price, Ginalias and Boeder voted yes, with Jensen and Blackstone opposed.

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Contact reporter James Day at jim.day@gazettetimes.com or 541-758-9542. Follow at Twitter.com/jameshday or gazettetimes.com/blogs/jim-day.

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