November 15, 2022 -- This is an update on the fire that broke out at our Grand Lake Gardens life plan community in Oakland, CA on October 14. Today, we met with our residents and team members to share more information about the extent of the damage to the building. While the fifth floor suffered the most damage, the damage from the smoke, water and asbestos contamination has impacted the entire building.
The severity of these damages means that the building is not safe for occupancy and must remain closed. Any repairs and renovation work (mitigating smoke, water, asbestos damage, repairing elevators, etc.) is projected to take more than a year to evaluate and address properly. Because of this, HumanGood has made the difficult decision to close the building indefinitely and cease operating the community as a CCRC/RCFE (continuing care retirement community/residential care facility for the elderly).
Our focus is on ensuring that we are helping all of our residents find new homes, gain access to their belongings as safely and quickly as possible, and assist with the transition as much as we can. We are also working with our team members to transition to available reassignments at Piedmont Gardens.
We understand that this is both sad and disappointing to everyone in our Grand Lake Gardens and HumanGood family. Grand Lake Gardens is a special place and we are saddened by the steps that must be taken but our priority is the safety and well-being of our residents and team members.
Thank you for all of your support for the residents and team members of Grand Lake Gardens and we will share updates as more information becomes available.