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Ripon council needs to OK planning overlay for Bethany project
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Conceptual drawing of The Terraces at Bethany.

The Terraces at Bethany is a much-anticipated three-story, 106,894-square-foot residential senior housing facility that’s coming to Ripon.

The Ripon City Council already approved most of the necessary components to the Bethany Home expansion but will look to add one more piece on Tuesday – a Planned Development Overlay District.

A month ago, elected leaders signed off on the PUD, which, according to Planning Director Ken Zuidervaart, was necessary “In order to facilitate the development of the ultimate project at that site.”

At their 6 p.m. monthly session, they’ll need to adopt an ordinance pursuant in order to establish a Planned Development Overlay District in going forward.

The Terraces at Bethany Home, once completed, will be a senior residential care facility at the corner of Main Street and Vera Avenue.

Included will be 82 residential units made up of three studio apartments, 46 one-bedroom and 33 two-bedroom apartments – sizes will range from 475- to 1,235 square feet.

The current 2.73-acre site at 816 W. Main St. and 200 Vera Avenue has four structures – a dental office, doctor’s office, and the old Christian school with an associated storage building, all vacant – that would have to be demolished in order to clear the way for construction.

The new addition to Bethany Home would feature a lobby, formal dining room, a café bistro, library, fitness / wellness center, media room, a craft room, multipurpose meeting & event hall rooms, a salon and support centers.

Landscaped gardens and courtyards along with outdoor dining areas and a pet area will be part of the outdoor amenities.

As for the exterior, the building would be a mix of white stucco and red brick, matching the architectural style of downtown Ripon.

The project is being developed in partnership with senior living experts GSI, a consulting firm with a history of helping senior living communities plan for the future.