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Developer adds more units, parking at proposed Strawberry senior complex

Revised plans show a 117-apartment residential-care facility proposed for 55 Thomas Drive in Strawberry, currently a vacant parcel at 70 N. Knoll Road. (Trachtenberg Architects)

A developer proposing a new senior-housing complex on a vacant Strawberry lot above Tiburon Boulevard has added seven more units to the original 110-unit design, more parking and also tweaked the look of the complex to make it less monolithic.


San Anselmo-based Spirit Living Group last month submitted a preliminary application for the 103,4850-square-foot, four-story building for 55 Thomas Drive — currently known as 70 N. Knoll Road — triggering a 180-day clock that gives them until Aug. 5 to file a formal application.


The plan was submitted under Senate Bill 330 rules, which lock in zoning and design requirements for multiunit projects so the county can’t block them by creating new rules. Once the final application’s filed, the plan must be fast-tracked with a limit of five hearings, and officials cannot deny the project for subjective reasons.


As a senior-housing development, it’s also a California density-bonus law project, meaning it qualifies for 20% more density than otherwise allowed plus an unlimited number of waivers of any county development standard that could physically prevent the project from being built, such as setbacks, building heights or parking requirements.

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