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New Senior Community Takes Shape In Oakdale
Digging In
A beam structure has been put into place at the site of the future community dining room for the newest Oakdale Senior Living facility on the west end of the city along West F Street. Teresa Hammond/The Leader

Some might say Pat Corrigan’s most recent project is a bit of a labor of love.

A project which has been over a decade in the making, now has much of the community of Oakdale both wondering as well as talking.

The “project” would be the west side construction which continues to take shape with Pat Corrigan and his son Austin of Corrigan Construction, Inc. as head contractors of a future senior community.

“I always knew there was a need for it in Oakdale,” the elder Corrigan said, noting becoming aware of the need when looking for a facility for his mother to live and wanting to keep her in the 95361.

“My great-grandfather homesteaded property in Oakdale,” the native and OHS alum shared. “The Corrigan’s have been around since Oakdale started.”

Not new to the world of construction, the 39-year building veteran shared bringing the vision to fruition has not been easy, as the contractor met hurdles securing financial backing.

“It was too small for big banks to do and too big for small banks to do,” he said of the multi-care senior facility. “We finally found a bank out of Northern California that’s financed it for us.”

City of Oakdale Public Services Director Jeff Gravel gave testament to Corrigan’s commitment to the project, stating: “From a city standpoint we just kept the project relevant.”

Through the past decade, Corrigan presented the City with extensions which, Gravel shared, the city took to council and the project was extended.

“He was determined and obviously so over 10 years that he was going to develop it,” Gravel said.

While the senior living community doesn’t yet have a name, it does have a plan. Situated on 5.2 acres, according to Corrigan the project will include a memory care building for tenants with Alzheimer’s and dementia; assisted living, as well as independent living. The total build time for three two-story and one single-story, 120-room project is three years. The first phase is targeted to hit completion within 14 months.

“The first phase will be 60 units,” Corrigan explained. “Forty-four units of assisted living and 16 units of memory care. This is a full continental care. It goes from independent living, to assisted living, to memory so it’s really an aging place.

“In memory you can put two people to a room, so it will be somewhere between 30 and 36 people in the memory building when it’s done,” Corrigan added.

The proximity of the senior living facility to Oak Valley Hospital, Quest Diagnostic, as well as west side pharmacies are additional perks for the location chosen by the builder. The plans for the community also include a swimming pool, salon, fitness room and community dining room.

“It’s really going to be a beautiful room,” Corrigan said of the main dining area. “We just toured the same project (in the Rocklin area). It got elder care facility for the state of California. It’s really going to be a nice project, nice buildings, nice finishes. It’s going to be state of the art.”

As the Oakdale native speaks of the current project, the joy of working with his son in his hometown on a project a long time in the making becomes more than evident.

“I’ve got my heart in this project. Been wanting to do it for a long time and it’s finally here,” he said. “It’s basically a family project.”

So those who have been headed west along F Street wondering what is going on, now know what all that digging and structures taking shape is all about.

“I love Oakdale. It’s where I grew up,” Corrigan concluded. “I really think this is going to be a great addition to the community.”

Corrigan Construction has been busy breaking ground and making things happen on its five-plus acre lot on the west side of Oakdale. The senior facility should have the first of three phases completed in the next 14 months. Teresa Hammond/The Leader