Fremont Preserves and Improves its Stock of High-Quality, Affordable Workforce Housing

Grand Re-Opening at Century Village, a Development of MidPen Housing

County and City leaders celebrate the Grand Re-Opening of Century Village

May 14, 2014 — Fremont, CA — On Wednesday May 14th, Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty and Fremont Mayor Bill Harrison will join other city and county leaders to celebrate the unveiling of Century Village, owned and rehabilitated by MidPen Housing. The ribbon-cutting ceremony takes place at 1:00pm at 41299 Paseo Padre Parkway in Fremont.

In response to the tremendous need for affordable workforce housing in Fremont, Century Village provides 100 newly renovated, environmentally-sustainable affordable rental homes for working individuals and families earning up to 60% of Area Median Income which is $53,520 for a family of four.

Originally built in 1972, MidPen purchased the property in 1995 in order to convert it from market-rate to affordable housing. With support from the City of Fremont, Century Village recently underwent an extensive rehabilitation which transformed both the interior and the exterior while adding many green building features which are projected to help decrease energy waste by 40%.

“I was born and raised in Fremont and had always imagined and hoped to be able to raise my children here,” said Century Village resident Brenda Leon. “But even with a full-time job, as a single mother and sole provider, it was incredibly hard to find a place we could afford. I am so grateful for this affordable housing which has enabled me to provide a stable home for my children and a place where we can plan for our futures.”

The newly renovated Century Village: 100 affordable apartments for families in Fremont

“We’re excited to celebrate the beautiful renovation of Century Village,” said Fremont Mayor Bill Harrison. “The improvements enhance both the environment and the surrounding neighborhood but, just as importantly, they provide 100 hard-working residents with a high-quality home that they can afford here in Fremont.”

“Century Village provides an excellent model for housing conservation and modernization,” said Matthew O. Franklin, President of MidPen Housing. “Through high-quality design and construction, we were able to significantly improve the buildings and the quality of life for residents here, all while ensuring that these homes will remain affordable for the long-term.”

The $14 million upgrade of Century Village includes both interior and exterior renovations that improve the community’s long-term performance, appearance and the residents’ quality of life. Priority was placed on improving energy usage with energy-efficient features including Photovoltaic and solar thermal systems, which are projected to decrease energy waste by 40%. Other enhancements include exterior panel siding and additional insulation; new double=pane vinyl windows; new heating/cooling systems and upgraded appliances; and low-flow water fixtures.

Century Village’s renovation also significantly enhanced the community building with a better layout and expanded spaces for offices, multifunctional community areas, and a large classroom for the After School Program which supports curriculum from the high-performing school district in which Century Village is located. Additionally, several residents participate in Fremont’s Housing Scholarship Program which links affordable housing with child care and job training.

Located in close proximity to BART, major bus lines and shopping centers, Century Village is a transit-oriented and pedestrian-friendly community that provides 84 one-bedroom, and 15 two-bedroom apartments.

In partnership with a network of service providers, MidPen Resident Services manages onsite supportive services for the families and MidPen Property Management provides professional, onsite property management.

Financing for the rehabilitation was provided by CalHFA, the City of Fremont, the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee and Union Bank.