San Juan Capistrano

A Message from Spieker Development

Troy Bourne, a representative for the proposed 34-acre “Very High Density” development project on the Vermeulen property (currently occupied by Armstrong’s Nursery growing grounds) called us to clarify a few items in an article which ran in the May issue of the CCS.

Bourne pointed out that there is one other three-story building in San Juan besides the parking structure downtown which we evidently overlooked. It is “Atria San Juan”, a small “seniors community” located next to the golf course on on San Juan Creek Road.

Mr. Bourne also offered more details about the proposed Spieker Development project. He stated that “ ...a little over 11 acres include single level cottages (most are 1400-1600 sq. ft.) that we refer to as villas.” He further stated that the Independent Living portion includes 74 villas (single story), 64 garden terraces (two story) and 280 courtyard apartments (three story). The health center contains 41 skilled nursing rooms (single story), 21 memory care rooms (single story), and 39 assisted living units (two story), totaling 1,450,000 square feet of living space on approximately 33 acres.
Due to space limitation we are unable to reprint the graphic which illustrates the lay out of the units, but have listed the square footage of the various units below: :

Garden Terraces: 203,000 sq. ft. on 4.3 acres

Independent Living: 510,000 sq. ft. on 11.7 acres

Villas: 493,000 sq. ft on 11.3 acres

ALFSNF: 201,000 sq. ft on 4.6 acres

Maintenance Building: 43,000 sq. ft on 1 acre

TOTAL SQUARE FOOTAGE: 1,450,000 sq. ft* (33.3 acres)

Public Dedication: 66,000 sq. ft on 1.5 acres

*By way of comparison, the Capistrano Unified School District administration building facing the 5 freeway south of town is 126,000 sq. ft.

According to Bourne, the draft EIR of the project was to be completed by the end of May, followed by a 45-day period during which the public can review it and weigh in. It will then go to the Planning Commission for recommendation, then to the City Council for final approval. Bourne indicated that the Planning Commission and City Council meetings may be scheduled as a joint meeting. The public can offer input to the council either during City Council meetings, or via email to the city c/o:


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