Spanish Cove moves closer to $45M expansion project

Construction of a $45 million expansion for Spanish Cove could begin later this fall, officials said this week.

The Yukon Zoning Commission voted Monday to vacate an easement for the facility, but delayed any decision on rezoning the property for commercial use.

The property currently is zoned for residential development. Officials from Spanish Cove have asked that it be changed to being zoned for commercial property with a planned unit development so they can expand

Chief Executive Officer Don Blose said the new zoning will allow them to operate commercial businesses inside the facility with limitations.

“It will be limited to things on campus like we do, such as the retirement center,” he said.

Blose said earlier this year that the facility is looking to grow, offering new services. To do that, they plan a two-phase expansion that will cost in excess of $45 million and will make the retirement center one of the top facilities in the Oklahoma City metro area.

Among the plans is the creation of a memory care center, which will be part of Phase 1.

That portion of the project will include the construction of two wings to The Pavillion at Spanish Cove. It will involve the addition of 432 units, including nine assisted living units, 20 nursing care units and the addition of 14 memory care units.

That project is expected to cost about $20 million.

The Yukon City Council was scheduled to consider the sale of bonds to pay for that project during its meeting on Tuesday.

Spanish Cove is a public trust, thus any bonding must be approved by the city council.

The original resolution approving the funding was approved about 18 months ago, Blose said.

Meanwhile, the second phase will involve the renovation of the current facilities and the construction of a new community center and a four-story apartment complex.

Work on Phase 2 is expected to begin shortly after construction on Phase 1 begins.

Blose said Spanish Cove will mark its 43rd anniversary on Sept. 23.

“A lot of details come with a project like this,” he said.

The architects have only recently completed the designs, which now are going through an approval process with the state Department of Health.

“We are at the stage where we bid to the banks. We are completing the minor details,” he said.

Blose said he is ready to get the project under construction.

“We are ready. It is just a matter of getting it approved,” he said.

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