Recently Completed Affordable Housing Projects in Berkeley

Ashby Lofts Apartments

2909 & 2919 Ninth Street
 

 

Project Team:  Affordable Housing Associates, Inc., (Developer), Kava Massih Architects (Project Architect), and Nibbi Brothers Construction Company (General Contractor)

Financing:      This $21,000,000 development includes funding from Citibank, the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Program, the State of California’s Multifamily Housing Program, the Federal Home Loan Bank, a solar energy rebate, and the City of Berkeley’s Housing Trust Fund Program. A California Housing Enabled Local Partnership’s Program loan was made by the City of Berkeley to assist with the initial acquisition of the property site.

Type of Housing:        Multifamily - Rental

Units:  54 total, 53 affordable and 1 manager unit

Affordability:   100% of units are affordable and available to households in the range of 30% to 50% of Area Median Income (AMI).  Twenty (20) units are Project-Based Section 8.  Nine units are designated for disabled households.

Project Description:  Affordable Housing Associates, Inc., the developer of the site, just completed this “loft type” development that is constructed in a transitioning commercial zoned area which includes a mix of housing and commercial and retail buildings.  The site is also adjacent to property where a new large locally owned grocery store will be constructed.  A bicycle pathway, which links several Bay Area communities, is also to be constructed to rear of the building.  Upper units in the building have views of the San Francisco Bay and Golden Gate Bridge.  Ashby Lots will include a photo voltaic (or solar) system that will generate enough energy to power all common areas and outdoor lighting.

An important feature of Ashby Lofts is the inclusion of services for low-income families and individuals to help them build opportunities for self-sufficiency.   An on-site service coordinator will bring small business workshops on-site to help the residents start businesses and enhance their economic self-sufficiency.  Approximately 66% of the units are designed to accommodate families.  On-site amenities include play areas, a community common room, high-speed Internet capability, laundry facilities, computer facilities, and easy access to a childcare center located three blocks from the project site

 

University Neighborhood Apartments

1721 University Avenue

Project Team:  Affordable Housing Associates, Inc., (Developer), Kava Massih Architects (Project Architect), and J.H. Fitzmaurice, Inc. (General Contractor)

Financing:     $12,000,000 total costs of development funded by Bank of America, N.A., the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program, the State of California’s Multifamily Housing Program, the Federal Home Loan Bank, Alameda County Housing Opportunities for People with Aids, the City of Berkeley’s Housing Trust Fund Program, and a HUD 108 loan.  A California Housing Enabled Local Partnership’s Program loan was made by the City of Berkeley to assist with the initial acquisition of the property site.

Type of Housing:        Multifamily - Rental

Units:  27 total, 26 affordable and 1 manager unit

Affordability:   100% of units affordable, available to households having 30% to 60% of Area Median Income.  Twenty (17) units are Project-Based Section 8.  Nine units will be designated for disabled households.

Project Description: Affordable Housing Associates, Inc. was the developer of this building, which consists of 27 apartments, residential common areas include a multi-purpose room, management and service spaces, a large outdoor courtyard, ground floor commercial areas, and tenant parking garage.  The building is located on a main transportation corridor in the City of Berkeley and is approximately two blocks from the city’s downtown area.  The construction includes a total of four stories of which three stories are residential.  A restaurant featuring ethnic African meals recently opened on the first floor of the commercial/retail space.  The 27 apartments are made up of four one-bedroom, 15 two-bedroom, and eight three-bedrooms units.  All of the apartments are designed using Universal Design principals and are fully accessible for disabled and special needs tenants.  Fourteen of the apartments will be set-aside for tenants with special needs.

The building is designed so that all apartments are adjacent to a large interior central courtyard, which includes natural landscaping, seating, and a play area.  A multi-purpose / community room is located near the outdoor courtyard and includes a computer work area, service office and kitchenette.  The multi-purpose room is used for educational classes, computer workstations, crafts, exercise classes, social gatherings, and meetings.  The services office will be used for counseling services and for coordinating educational classes.  A laundry room is located on the first floor and the manager’s office is located adjacent to the courtyard.

Sacramento Senior Homes

2517 Sacramento Street

Project Team:  Affordable Housing Associates, Inc., (Developer), McCamant & Durrett Architects (Project Architect), and BBI Construction Company (General Contractor)

Financing:      $12,000,000 total costs of development is funded by US Bank, Low-income Housing Tax Credit Program, the State of California’s Multifamily Housing Program, the Federal Home Loan Bank, the Alameda County Housing Opportunities for People with Aids, a solar energy rebate, Developer equity, and the City of Berkeley’s Housing Trust Fund Program.  A California Housing Enabled Local Partnership’s Program loan was made by the City of Berkeley to assist with the initial acquisition of the property site.

Type of Housing:        Senior - Rental

Units:  40 total, 39 affordable and 1 manager unit

Affordability:   100% of units affordable, available to households having below 30%, 50%, and 60% of Area Median Income.  Thirty-nine (39) units are Project-Based Section 8. 

Project Description:  Affordable Housing Associates, Inc. is the developer of the Sacramento Senior Homes, which is a new 40-unit, four-story housing development located in Central Berkeley adjacent to a neighborhood business district. This mixed-use development provides ground floor commercial space and tenant parking.  Fourteen (14) of the 40 units are set-aside for seniors with disabilities, including physical, mental disabilities, as well as seniors with symptomatic HIV and/or AIDS, and seniors at risk of being homeless (defined as those seniors who are currently paying more than 50% of their incomes to rent).  Seniors with other chronic heath conditions, whose disabilities or other physical or mental impairments, will also be able to occupy these units. Having received funding from the Alameda County Housing Opportunities for People With Aids, the Developer set aside up to four of the 14 special needs units for seniors with symptomatic HIV or AIDS.  Thirty-nine (39) of the 40 units are made further affordable by use of the project-based Section 8 certificate program.

 


Oxford Plaza Apartments

2200 Fulton Street

 Project Team:  Resources for Community Development, Inc. (Developer), WRT/Solomon ETC, Architects (Project Architect), City of Berkeley, and Cahill Construction Company (General Contractor)

Financing:     Developed by Resources for Community Development, the Oxford Plaza Apartments’ project is a $41,000,000 development which includes financing from the City of Berkeley Housing Trust Fund Program, a Berkeley Redevelopment Agency grant, Low Income Housing Tax Credit financing, State of California’s tax exempt bond financing for the construction and permanent loan through Wells Fargo Bank, State of California’s Multifamily Housing Program, HOPWA funds through the County of Alameda, Federal Home Loan Bank Program funds, and foundation grant funds provided by the Surdna, Oak Hill, Home Depot, and the Enterprise Foundation.

Type of Housing:        Multifamily - Rental

Units:  97 total, 96 affordable and 1 manager unit

Affordability:   The affordable housing units will offer a range of affordability targeting, which will serve both extremely low-income households at 20%-30% AMI, as well as provide units for households with incomes up to 60% AMI to support working families and individuals in the City of Berkeley.  Twenty-four (24) units are Project-Based Section 8. 

Project Description:  The Oxford Plaza project is currently under construction will create 97 apartments, all of which will be affordable to low income individuals and families.  Oxford Plaza is also part of a larger, mixed use collaborative that will include an internationally recognized environmental office/conference facility (known as the David Brower Center), new street level retail uses, and a below grade public parking garage. 

The mission of the Oxford Plaza apartments is to build a residential community that is a thriving contribution to downtown Berkeley; to create a resource for empowerment for Berkeley's low-income families and individuals; and to serve as a model for sustainable development.  The building will also consist of a range of unit types from Studios to 3 Bedroom units to accommodate the needs of a variety of household types from disabled and/or Seniors to large, low income families.  Ten of the units will also be specifically set aside to provide housing for very low-income individuals with HIV/AIDS.  One of the 97 units will be an unrestricted unit for the Resident Manager.

The building amenities will include a small open-air courtyard at grade, a roof deck with views of the Bay and a play area for children, laundry facilities and two elevators to ensure that all of the units will accessible, a generous community room and a separate computer room, both for educational programming and social activities.  All of the units are designed to be adaptable to accommodate the varying physical needs of the future tenants, and 5% of the units are designed as fully accessible.  The housing will also be developed collaboratively with neighborhood serving retail and is adjacent to a new environmental center (the David Brower Center) with offices for environment businesses and the building will host conferences and ongoing environmental and educational programming available to the public.  The City will own and operate an underground parking garage beneath the development.

The project site is situated on a 46,000 square feet lot and is located on the west side of Oxford Street between Allston Way and Kittredge Street.  This smart growth project site will be a active demonstration of environmental consciousness and sustainable development because it will locate affordable workforce and family housing right next to major employers, major transit linkages, and in a pedestrian friendly and mixed use environment.  This site provides easy pedestrian access to the broad array of community resources that downtown Berkeley has to offer.  For example, the project site is conveniently located within ¼ mile of Berkeley’s downtown retail and shopping district, the Main Public Library, YMCA, the Berkeley High School and the Washington Elementary School, the Berkeley Farmer’s Market, a community park, the University of California campus, Berkeley Community College, and a growing Arts District.  A rapid transit Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station is less than two blocks away and major bus lines run one block from the site.  The BART station (downtown Berkeley) also serves as the location of a major bus transit transfer hub.  An architectural rendering of the completed project is below.


Helios Corner

1531 University Avenue

Project Team:  Satellite Housing Inc., (Developer) HKI&T (project architect, Hardison Komatsu Ivelich & Tucker), Mikiten Architecture (consulting design architect) and Roberts Obayashi (General Contractor)

Financing:  $36.75 million in total development costs financed by low income housing tax credits, Silicon Valley Bank, Federal Home Loan Bank and City of Berkeley Housing Trust Fund.  A California Housing Enabled Local Partnership’s Program loan was made by the City of Berkeley to assist with the initial acquisition of the property site.

Type of Housing:  Senior - Rental

 Units:  80 units of affordable senior apartments, including 1 manager’s unit

Affordability:  100% of units are affordable to seniors with incomes between 30% and 60% of Area Median Income.  Forty (40) units are Project-Based Section 8 and ten (10) units are accessible, including two units that are accessible to hearing and/or sight-impaired.  All units are adaptable.

Project Description:  This 80-unit, four-story mixed-use building consists of three levels of residential above 5,900 square feet of ground floor commercial/office space and podium parking.  Built on an irregularly L-shaped 0.63-acre lot, the building sits in a very prominent location on one of Berkeley’s main commercial thoroughfares, University Avenue.  The site is within short walking distance to an abundance of community services and amenities, and is surrounded by a mixture of uses – single-family neighborhoods to the north and west, and neighborhood commercial to the south and east.  A bus stop is located outside the front steps of the apartment complex and the North Berkeley BART station is just 2 blocks around the corner.

The building consists of ground floor office space for Satellite Housing Inc. and the Salvation Army with three residential levels above.  The main floor of the building houses the property manager’s office and the service coordinator’s office, a multi-purpose room and a large community room with a landscaped courtyard open to residents for daily recreational activities, family gatherings, community parties and meetings, movies, music and classes.  Satellite Housing strives to focus on tailored coordination, case management and referral by its in-house service coordinators who work directly with service providers to ensure residents are able to access the services they need.  Supportive services will also be available on-site.  

The residential units consist primarily of 1-bedroom units with a few studios and 2-bedroom units.  Each unit has individually controlled heaters and DSL hookups.  Laundry rooms are located on each residential floor.  Some of the units on the second floor have private patios while the units on the third and fourth floors take advantage of the views of the Berkeley Hills to the north and east and the San Francisco Bay to the west.  Other amenities include a north side common area terrace, and a multipurpose room on the fourth floor that connects to a west-facing balcony.  Because of its geographic location and site orientation, the project was able to incorporate a photovoltaic system to reduce common area utility costs.


Margaret Breland Homes

2577 San Pablo

Project Team:  Resources for Community Development and Jubilee Restoration Inc. (joint developers), Anne Phillips Architecture (Project Architect) and Oliver and Company (General Contractor)

Financing Total development cost of $7,300,000 million was funded by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Section 202 Program, Federal Home Loan Bank and City of Berkeley Housing Trust Fund.  A California Housing Enabled Local Partnership’s Program loan was made by the City of Berkeley to assist with the initial acquisition of the property site.

Type of Housing:  Senior – Rental

Units:  28 units total, 27 affordable and 1 manager’s unit

Affordability:  100% of units are affordable and available to households with incomes at or below 50% Area Median Income.  Twenty-two units are accessible and all units are adaptable.

Project Description:  Completed in November 2006, this award-winning development is located along the San Pablo Avenue shopping and commercial corridor, adjacent to tree-lined residential neighborhoods.  The area surrounding the site consists of small neighborhood businesses, including grocery stores, a furniture shop, bakeries, restaurants and a corner café.  There are neighborhood parks close by and places of worship along with other amenities that are safe and friendly sites for seniors to enjoy.  An Alameda County Transit bus stop is located right in front of the building, which will connect passengers to several BART stations and destinations along the San Pablo Avenue corridor, stretching from Berkeley to neighboring cities such as Emeryville, Albany and El Cerrito.  The bus route travels to the local post office, several shopping malls, parks, recreational facilities and shopping plazas.

Designed by a local architect, Anne Phillips, this four-story apartment complex was built on a narrow, infill site adjacent to a local furniture shop and an underutilized vacant lot.  A landscaped courtyard sits on the third floor providing outdoor sitting areas for residents to enjoy.  Adjacent to the courtyard is a community room and supportive services offices. Residents will receive services provided by local providers, including assistance with daily living, finances and legal advice, counseling and peer support, health promotion and preventive services, geriatric medical and dental services, and safety and security assistance.

The building offers spacious and light-filled studio and 1-bedroom apartments with views of the Berkeley Hills and the San Francisco Bay.  Each unit has a spacious living area with full kitchen that receives natural lighting from large south-facing picture windows.  All twenty-eight units are adaptable and twenty-two units are wheelchair-accessible.  The ground floor consists of 1000 square foot commercial space, lobby and parking.  On-site facilities include two landscaped courtyards, laundry room, community room and a supportive services office. 


Adeline Street Apartments

3222-24 Adeline Street

Project Team:  Resources for Community Development, Inc., (Developer), Mikiten Architecture (Project Architect), and Brown Construction Company (General Contractor)

Financing:     Developed by Resources for Community Development, the Adeline Street Apartments is a $5,500,000 development which includes financing from the City of Berkeley’s Housing Trust Fund Program, a HUD Section 108 loan, Low Income Housing Tax Credit financing, a permanent loan through Citibank, Housing Opportunities for People With Aids funds through the County of Alameda, and the Federal Home Loan Bank Program.  A California Housing Enabled Local Partnership’s Program loan was made by the City of Berkeley to assist with the initial acquisition of the property site.

Type of Housing:        Multifamily - Rental

Units:  19 total, 18 affordable and 1 manager unit

Affordability:   The affordable housing units will offer a range of affordability targeting, which will serve both extremely low-income households at 20%-50% AMI.  Eighteen (18) units are Project-Based Section 8. 

Project Description:  The Adeline Street Apartments project consist of a 19-unit, mixed-use project for persons with disabilities and their families.  Located in the South Berkeley commercial business district, the project blends into the urban landscape and is conveniently located near shopping, employment, social services, and public transportation.  The project provides 2 studios, 10 one-bedroom, 6 two-bedroom, and 1 three-bedroom apartments.  The various unit sizes enable the project serve families of different sizes.  Each unit offers low-income, disable residents the opportunity to live independently in an affordable, bully accessible building with both on-site services and linked to supportive services in the surrounding neighborhood.  All apartments are accessible and all units, common space, corridors/walkways, doorways, and the elevator are larger than average to accommodate wheel chair users and persons with mobility impairments.  Kitchens are designed with wheelchair friendly counters and sinks.  The first floor business tenant occupies the storefront area on Adeline Street.  The project wraps around the rear of the adjacent buildings along Adeline Street, and the rear of the new building fronts on a residential street (Fairview Avenue), with frontage which again fits into the residential character of the neighborhood.

 


Sankofa House

711 Harrison Avenue

Project Team:  Building Opportunities for Self Sufficiency, Inc., (Developer), Babette Jee (Project Architect), the City of Berkeley, and Fine Line Construction Company (General Contractor)

Financing:     Developed by Building Opportunities for Self Sufficiency (BOSS), Project financing includes funding from the City of Berkeley’s Housing Trust Fund Program, the State of California’s Emergency Housing Assistance Program, Alameda County, and private donations.

Type of Housing:        Transitional Housing - Rental

Units:  Four units of shared living; total of 10 bedrooms.

 Affordability:   The affordable housing units will offer a range of affordability targeting, which serve extremely low-income households at 20% of AMI and below. 

Project Description:  BOSS developed a four-unit transitional house on City-owned property at 711 Harrison Street at a cost of approximately $1,500,000.  The building, named the Sankofa House, added four units of transitional housing with ten bedrooms for up to ten families. BOSS created a supportive environment at the Harrison Street site where homeless families and single adults with disabling health and economic barriers can engage in a personal transformation.  The ten bedrooms are arranged into four apartment units located in the constructed two-story building.  Each apartment has shared kitchen, bathroom, and living rooms.  The building is situated on part of the lot leased by BOSS from the City of Berkeley.  BOSS manages the Sankofa House.  The building, located on the Harrison site, is part of a larger publicly owned site purchased by the City and includes a recreational field house associated with the Gabe Catalfo Soccer Fields and a City-constructed skateboard park.