Oakdale council approves CUP for assisted living center

Oakdale City Council members unanimously approved a conditional use permit to operate an assisted living facility at 6630 Hudson Blvd., just north of Interstate 94 and east of Tanners Lake.  The AmericInn hotel currently occupies the property.

A representative from the hotel could not be reached for comment.

The applicant, St. Paul business owner Bao Vang, is the president/CEO of Peaceful Living, Inc., which owns and operates a 10-bed senior care center in St. Paul.

Vang wants to convert the 54-room hotel into a 57-bed assisted living facility to be named “The Peaceful Lodge.”

Vang could not be reached for comment, but Oakdale senior community development specialist Linnea Graffunder-Bartels said Peaceful Living, Inc. is planning to close on the sale of the property within 60 to 90 days. 

She added that in the event the sale falls through, the property could still be operated as a hotel.

According to an April 4 staff report, Vang wants to make some interior renovations to the building, including filling in the existing swimming pool to turn the area into a commercial kitchen and dinning room, and several accessibility updates to rooms and bathrooms.

A few minor exterior changes would be made, including the addition of a patio and sidewalk along the south side of the building and some perennial flowerbeds.

Washington County has cited a need for this type of development as the baby boom generation ages.

According to a September 2013 Comprehensive Housing Needs Report compiled by Maxfield Research, Inc. for the Washington County Housing and Redevelopment Authority, the county has 14 assisted living facilities with 595 units and a vacancy rate of 3.1 percent.

WCHRA executive director Barbara Dacy said the county anticipates there will be a demand for 5,305 senior housing units between now and 2030, and 30 percent of that demand will be for assisted living.

Joshua Nielsen can be reached at jnielsen@lillienews.com or 651-748-7822.

 

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