Affordable Housing Stock to More than Double on a Prime Site in Pleasanton

Groundbreaking at Kottinger Gardens, a Development of MidPen Housing

County leaders, City leaders, and community advocates join MidPen to celebrate phase 1 of Kottinger Gardens – 131 affordable apartments for seniors in Pleasanton.

On May 20th, Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley, and Pleasanton Mayor Jerry Thorne joined other city, county and state leaders to celebrate the groundbreaking of Kottinger Gardens, an affordable rental community being developed by MidPen Housing.

In response to the tremendous need for affordable housing among Alameda County’s growing population of seniors, Kottinger Gardens will ultimately provide 185 brand new affordable rental homes on two sites that had previously provided 90. Being developed in two phases, Kottinger Gardens is the redevelopment of Kottinger Place and Pleasanton Gardens, two distinct senior housing properties initially built in the 1970 and located across the street from one another. Once completed, Kottinger Gardens will be one integrated, vibrant community with many onsite amenities where low and very low-income senior households can age in place and continue to live active and enriched lives.

The vision for Kottinger Gardens grew out of the Kottinger Place Redevelopment Task Force, a diverse group of cross sector participants assembled by the City with representatives from the City Council, the Parks Commission, the Housing Commission, current residents, neighbors, Pleasanton Gardens Board of Directors, and other community advocates. Their initial common goal: to evaluate Kottinger Place, an aging property owned by the City, and determine how to most effectively leverage this asset for years to come.

“Today is an exciting day that represents the culmination of a tremendous amount of vision and collaboration,” said Jerry Thorne, Mayor of Pleasanton. “I’m thrilled to finally begin construction on this development which will expand affordable senior citizen housing in a way that maintains and enhances the neighborhood essence long enjoyed by the surrounding community members.”

Expected to open in fall of 2017, Phase 1 will provide 131 brand new affordable rental apartments on the former site of Kottinger Place which previously held 50 units. Phase 2, which will be developed on the current site of Pleasanton Gardens, will provide an additional 54 affordable apartment homes where today there are 40. The 90 Kottinger Place and Pleasanton Gardens households will have priority when Kottinger Gardens leases up. The community, once both phases are completed, will welcome an additional 95 senior households. The two phases will be connected by a raised and well-lit crosswalk to provide residents easy access to community amenities on either of side of the property.

“We’re honored to partner with the City on this innovative development, MidPen’s first in Pleasanton,” said Matthew O. Franklin, President of MidPen Housing. “We applaud their initiative to transform a previously underutilized site and their leadership in bringing together a diverse group of stakeholders around a common vision. We’re excited to begin the construction that will make it a reality.”

Kottinger Gardens Phase 1 will include a mix of single story cottages and a 2- and 3-story building that will collectively provide 127 one-bedroom and 4 two-bedroom apartments for low-income seniors, age 62 and older, earning up to 60% of Area Median Income which is $49,260 for a single person household. The community will also feature a community gardens, a bocce ball court, fitness center, resident lounge with computers, and a community room with a kitchen for larger gatherings. Units will have private patios or balconies.

Robust onsite programs and services will be managed and coordinated by MidPen Resident Services. Designed to help seniors age in place healthfully, these include wellness programs, group exercise classes, health screening, educational workshops and social activities and events. MidPen Property Management will provide professional onsite property management.

Financing for the $44.2 million development was provided through both public and private sources including the City of Pleasanton, the County of Alameda, the Housing Authority of the County of Alameda, the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee, the Department of Housing and Urban Development and Union Bank.