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Officials: Development in Elk Grove is 'exciting time'

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ELK GROVE, Calif. (KCRA) —

The scheduled opening of a Costco on Elk Grove Boulevard is being called the city’s first significant retail development in the last 10 years.

There are also several other development projects underway across the city.

Nearly two blocks away from Costco, along Civic Center Drive, crews were working on a new city civic center.

“It’s the aquatics facility, it’s the community center building," said Christopher Jordan, Elk Grove director of strategic planning and innovation. "Long term: it’s a new library for the community, a performing arts center, it’s a large park facility.”

Just down the road, on the southwest corner of Laguna Springs Drive and Civic Center Drive, construction is expected to begin in 60 days on a senior living development.

Olympia, Washington-based Koelsch Communities is making a $71 million investment on the 11-acre lot.

“We’re really proud and honored to be able to be in Elk Grove,” developer Aaron Koelsch said.

The family-run organization plans to build several facilities on the lot, including a 70-bed memory-care community, a 135-apartment independent-living community, and 16 independent living cottage duplexes.

“Because the economic activity is so robust, that’s actually very encouraging," Koelsch said. "It’s not the deciding factor, but it is very encouraging to see so much investments either by the city in the community center or by private groups.”

There are also plans for a new city animal shelter near Union Park and Iron Rock Ways. It’s scheduled to open next summer.

“It’s an exciting time,” Jordan said. “We’re a city under construction.”

The new development has some Elk Grove residents concerned about how the new business will affect traffic

“Certainly, as new development happens, it’s going to bring more cars onto those roadways -- and we need to manage that,” Jordan said.

While the city calls the development boom exciting, the plot of land off Highway 99 and Kammerer Road that was supposed to an outlet mall sits empty. It has been vacant for several years with no new development in sight. Possible plans once included a casino.

“At this point, we’ve done everything we can as a city to get them over the bureaucratic hurdles and into construction,” Jordan said.

He explained it's up to the Howard Hughes Corp. to develop the space.

The city is also working on a revised general plan. That document lays out the city’s vision for development. It was last updated 15 years ago.

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2006

Canterbury Inn,1st, Daily News Readers Choice Awards/ Lower Columbia’s Best

Delaware Plaza,3rd, Daily News Readers Choice Awards/ Lower Columbia’s Best

Koelsch Senior Communities,Kelso Longview Chamber of Commerce Large Business Award

2007

CanterburyInn, 1st,Daily News Readers Choice Awards/ Lower Columbia’s Best

Koelsch Senior Communities,3rd, Daily News Readers Choice Awards/ Lower Columbia’s Best

2008

Canterbury Inn, 1st, Daily News Readers Choice Awards/ Lower Columbia’s Best

Koelsch Senior Communities, 3rd, Daily News Readers Choice Awards/ Lower Columbia’s Best 

2009

Sterling Inn, Best of Victorville, Assisted Living and Memory Care

Canterbury Park, Canterbury Inn/Chateau, Gardens, 1st, Daily News Readers Choice Awards/ Lower Columbia’s Best

Koelsch Senior Communities, 2nd, Daily News Readers Choice Awards/ Lower Columbia’s Best 

2010

Canterbury Gardens, 1st, Daily News Readers Choice Awards/ Lower Columbia’s Best

Koelsch Senior Communities, 2nd, Daily News Readers Choice Awards/ Lower Columbia’s Best

2011

Canterbury Gardens, 1st, Daily News Readers Choice Awards/ Lower Columbia’s Best

Koelsch Senior Communities, 2nd, Daily News Readers Choice Awards/ Lower Columbia’s Best

2012

Canterbury Inn, 1st, Daily News Readers Choice Awards/ Lower Columbia’s Best

Koelsch Senior Communities, 3rd, Daily News Readers Choice Awards/ Lower Columbia’s Best

2013

Sterling Inn, Best of the Desert Award by Daily Press

2014

Sterling Inn,Best of the Desert Award by Daily Press

Sterling Commons, Best of the Desert Award

Sterling Commons, Senior Advisor Award

Canterbury Inn, 1st, Daily News Readers Choice Awards/ Lower Columbia’s Best

Koelsch Senior Communities, 3rd, Daily News Readers Choice Awards/ Lower Columbia’s Best

2015

Sterling Inn, Certificate of Recognition of 25 Years, California State Senate

Sterling Inn,California Legislature Assembly Certificate of Recognition of 25 Years of Business 

Sterling Inn,Best of the Desert Award by Daily Press

Sterling Commons, Best of the Desert Award

Sterling Commons, Senior Advisor Award

Sterling Inn, Certificate of Appreciation, Veterans of Foreign Wars

2015 Cont.

Sterling Inn, Certificate of Appreciation, Veterans of Foreign Wars

Spring Creek InnA Place for Mom, Highest Move-In Conversion Rate of APFM Referred Families

Koelsch Senior Communities, Kelso Chamber of Commerce Pillars of Strength Award

Canterbury Inn1st, Daily News Readers Choice Awards/ Lower Columbia’s Best

Delaware Plaza2nd, Daily News Readers Choice Awards/ Lower Columbia’s Best 

2016

Sterling Inn, Best of the Desert Award by Daily Press

Sterling Inn, Service Excellence Award

Sterling Commons,Caring Stars Award from Caring.com 

Sterling Commons, Best of the Desert Award

Sterling Commons, Senior Advisor Award

Copper Creek Inn,Best Senior Living in Chandler

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Canterbury Inn1st, Daily News Readers Choice Awards/ Lower Columbia’s Best

Koelsch Senior Communities2nd, Daily News Readers Choice Awards/ Lower Columbia’s Best

Cedarbrook Memory Care, 2016 Alzheimer’s Foundation Above and Beyond Award

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Riverside Inn, Best Senior Living in Fort Worth, Texas

 2017

Sterling Inn, Best of 2017 Award, Senior Advisor Award 

Sterling Inn, Best of the Desert Award by Daily Press

Silver Creek, Best of Senior Living in Mesa

Sterling Commons, Best of the Desert Award

Sterling Commons, Best of 2017, Senior Advisor Award

Copper Creek Inn,Best Senior Living in Chandler  

Cedarbrook Inn, Zero Deficiency Survey

Canterbury Park1st, Daily News Readers Choice Awards/ Lower Columbia’s Best

Koelsch Communities2nd, Daily News Readers Choice Awards/ Lower Columbia’s Best

2018

Sterling Inn, Business of the Month, Hesperia Chamber of Commerce

Silver Creek, Best of Senior Living in Mesa

Sterling Commons, Best of the Desert Award

Sterling Commons,Senior Advisor Awards

Lakeview, Bloomingdale Chamber of Commerce Beautification & Community Improvement Award

Cedarbrook Inn, Zero Deficiency Survey
Riverside Inn, Best Senior Living in Fort Worth, Texas

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Northbrook Inn, Best of 2018, Senior Advisor Awards

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Riverside Inn, Best of 2018, Senior Advisor Awards

Silver Creek Inn, Best of 2018, Senior Advisor Awards

Sterling Inn, Best of 2018, Senior Advisor Awards

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