Board of Supervisors set to again vote on the first Catholic senior living community in Orange County

Diocese of Orange project is in danger of not going forward
A sign announces the development that the Diocese of Orange has planned for the swath of empty land in this 2012 photo. (photo: Theresa Cisneros/OC register)

A sign announces the development that the Diocese of Orange has planned for the swath of empty land in this 2012 photo. (photo: Theresa Cisneros/OC Register)

The following comes from a November 30 Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange press release:

For nearly 10 years, the Diocese of Orange has been planning a first-of-its-kind Catholic faith-based senior living community on a 7.25 acre site that it has owned for more than 50 years in north Tustin. This important mission of mercy to the elderly and infirmed is to be called the Springs at Bethsaida.

The Orange County Board of Supervisors approved the Springs at Bethsaida project on a 4-1 vote more than three years ago on March 13, 2011.

In an unprecedented move, a newly elected group of Orange County Supervisors revisited the approved senior living facility and proposed a zone change to the site that would permanently end the effort to build this important facility. This proposed zone change was sent to the Planning Commission by the Board for their review prior to final approval. The Planning Commission responded in November 2015 by again recommending that the project move forward and that the zone change not be reversed.

On Tuesday, December 15, the Orange County Board of Supervisors will make its final decision on the future of this project.  We need your support and attendance to show how important this facility is to seniors and the community.  In honor of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception we ask that you prayerfully consider attending this important meeting in solidarity with our seniors and aging clergy.

The Board of Supervisors meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. at the County Hall of Administration (10 Civic Center Plaza, Santa Ana).

For More information Contact: Julie Cavanaugh, Phone: (949) 689-8654 email: cavanaugh1@cox.net

[See previous CalCatholic articles about the planned senior housing complex: With lots of conditions (March 2011) and 153 dwelling units, with spa and swimming pool (February 2011)]

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  1. Why doesn’t the Diocese propose that the County find an acceptable site, with the proper zoning, and swap that site with the current one.

  2. EVERY Diocese in the USA should have:
    1) Senior Citizen Housing for Catholics;
    2) A Catholic cemetery.

    We must always take care of our elderly. Far too often they are neglected.
    They can be the poorest of the poor, and obviously unable to work.

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