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An enormous challenge for every developer is to gain community approval for a project. Griffin Living has a unique ability for winning over community stakeholders in neighborhoods that traditionally resist development. Their secret? Listening and providing creative solutions. It is a skill the Griffin team has honed over decades and its rewards are exemplified in the project Varenita of Westlake, an assisted living and memory care community currently under construction in Thousand Oaks, CA.
Thousand Oaks is known to be very selective in granting development privileges. The residents cherish their community and guard its character closely. Griffin explains, "At first, the city [of Thousand Oaks] said they didn’t need any more assisted living. But we went back to them and showed them research that demonstrated that the area was hugely underserved. After that, the city told us to talk to the neighbors. So, we went to the Thousand Oaks community, listened, and discussed mutual benefits. They had a number of concerns. For example, they wanted a traffic circle in their neighborhood, and we worked hard to make that happen. You solve problems by listening and finding creative solutions."
The city and the community have raved about working with Griffin Living. Linda Spencer, president of the Westlake Hills Property Owners Association said, "Griffin has been extremely good partners. They’ve listened to any kind of concern any residents had … and the attention to detail in regard to the aesthetic of the property—anything I can think of that anybody ever brought up as a concern, they’ve addressed." Thousand Oaks mayor Andy Fox declared, "This is a classic case study of how to do it right."
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