Introduction

Western Care Construction Company (Western Care), headquartered in Rocklin, California, is the applicant and developer of Timberline at Auburn, a 95-acre, mixed-use community directly north of Placer County’s DeWitt Center, near the intersection of Bell and Highway 49, north of the City of Auburn. Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, the only hospital in the Auburn area, is located on an adjoining property.

The Auburn Recreation District (ARD) owns 24 additional acres, which include scenic wetlands and forested areas adjacent to the Timberline site, and which will provide a range of recreational opportunities.  This acreage is considered part of the overall project. This new retirement community will create many jobs for the Auburn region and will include 100,000 square feet of modern medical offices, 30,000 square feet of retail space, and 50,000 square feet of professional office space. This proposed project will include several hundred residential units, and dozens of second- and third-story lofts in the upper floors of some of the commercial structures.  These units will be built with the employees of Timberline in mind.

Timberline at Auburn is to be composed of different types and sizes of senior housing choices, access to local senior facilities, and extensive on-site services, including dining facilities and restaurants, an aquatic center, a library, a business center, a social center, and a private on-site bus. This community will include all of the amenities that a 55+ resident would need, including residential homes, villas, medical office buildings, park and recreation areas, retail shops, etc. We understand that there is a need for such a community to serve Auburn and the surrounding areas and we anticipate that this development will be a welcome addition to the region.

Entitlement Status

The entitlements process took more than four years and we have received approval for the project from Placer County.  We are now focusing on identifying one or two potential investors or key partners to join us in completing the developmental stages of this exciting endeavor.  If you are interested in learning more, please email us at timberline@westerncare.biz.

Alternative Modes of Transportation

Interstate 80 and Highway 49 provide regional access to the Timberline at Auburn community.  The project’s design encourages alternative methods of transportation, as there are four public bus stops for the County’s Regional Transit Service.  Residents can use the dedicated, on-site bus system for errands or transportation to local functions and the buses will be available to transport residents, neighbors and visitors to the Auburn Train Depot to board Amtrak’s Capital Corridor Intercity Rail Service.

This project was also designed to accommodate Neighborhood Electric Vehicles (NEV) by increasing road width and providing charging stations. There will be a 10-foot-wide hard surface trail that will connect to the County’s proposed regional trail and allow residents to walk to commercial centers and between the ARD’s Regional Park and the DeWitt Center. This trail, which will be created at the developer’s expense, will be a wonderful asset to the community that all residents can enjoy for exercise and recreation in a beautiful, wooded setting.

In the future, the roadways and sidewalks of the Timberline development will connect with existing infrastructure, allowing safer routes for cyclists and pedestrians.

Area Employment and Volunteerism

The Timberline at Auburn site is surrounded on all sides by existing development, representing a wide spectrum of employment opportunities, which will allow residents to walk to work. 

The expansive campus of the Placer County Government’s DeWitt Center, as well as existing skilled nursing and assisted living facilities, are located south of the site. 

The Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital and other medical service providers are located to the east of Timberline, along Bell Road and Education Street.  Numerous service organizations that depend on volunteers are also located within walking distance from the project, including the Placer County Senior Center and Meals on Wheels, the Boys and Girls Club, the SPCA shelter, the Placer Visual Service Center, the Auburn Interfaith Food Closet, and ARD’s Regional Park—just to name a few.

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