Frustration is mounting with an unfinished senior housing building at the corner of Trousdale and Ogden drives in Burlingame and the City Council is even considering a lawsuit against Sunrise Senior Living, the company that intends to build on the site.
The four-story, 79-unit project at 1818 Trousdale Drive was originally approved by the Planning Commission in 2006, but ran into bumps due to the 2008 economic downturn, the company said. Potential litigation was a closed session agenda item for the City Council Friday afternoon, but there was no action reported out of the meeting, City Attorney Kathleen Kane said in an email.
“I don’t think they’ve (Sunrise) made much progress,” said Vice Mayor Terry Nagel, who couldn’t comment further on the potential lawsuit since it was a closed session item.
The council is trying to work out an agreement with Sunrise, said Councilman Jerry Deal. He hopes Sunrise will respond and the project will move forward.
“There’s no signed agreement, but we’re working on it,” he said.
Meanwhile, Sunrise said there will be updates on the project soon and that plans are still in the works.
“We continue to move forward with our plans to develop Sunrise of Burlingame and will provide an update on our progress at next week’s City Council meeting,” Sara Abriatis, a spokeswoman for Sunrise, said in an email.
Mayor Michael Brownrigg agreed with Nagel that plans need to move forward.
“There’s been no progress with the facility, which is what’s so frustrating to the City Council and residents,” he said. “We’re told there’s progress behind the scenes with the financing and that’s a good thing, but it has been deeply frustrating no work has been done apparently. … That ought to be fixed frankly.”
He noted the company is run and owned by successful companies, Health Care REIT (HCN) and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. (KKR), so the project should be doable.
Back in May 2013, the company received a one-year building permit extension from the city, which expires on May 28 of this year. The city gave the extension, contingent on certain commitments that Sunrise had to make. Progress reports, updates to the city, inspections of the unfinished structure and demonstration of progress toward completion of the project by the new building permit deadline were some of the stipulations.
Sunrise said the latest updates on the development can be found at sunriseburlingame.com.
The City Council meets 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18 at Council Chambers, 501 Primrose Road in Burlingame.
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