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

Grand Re-Opening at Garland Plaza, a Development of MidPen Housing

Recently renovated Garland Plaza provides affordable rental apartments for 20 families in Sunnyvale.

September 25, 2013 — Sunnyvale, CA — On Wednesday September 25th, Sunnyvale leaders will celebrate the unveiling of Garland Plaza, owned and recently rehabilitated by MidPen Housing. The ribbon-cutting ceremony takes place at 11:00am at 662 Garland Avenue in Sunnyvale.

In response to the tremendous need for affordable workforce housing in Sunnyvale, Garland Plaza provides 20 newly renovated, environmentally-sustainable affordable rental homes for working individuals and families earning between $27,360 and $54,7200 – between 30% and 60% of Area Median Income for a family of three.

Originally built in 1959, Garland Plaza was run down and in significant need of repair when MidPen purchased the property in 2007. With support from the City of Sunnyvale, Garland Plaza underwent an extensive rehabilitation which completely transformed both the interior and the exterior while adding many green building features which allowed Garland Plaza to achieve a GreenPoint Rating of 111 from Build It Green’s Existing Home Multi-Family Program.

Sunnyvale leaders celebrate the unveiling of Garland Plaza, owned and recently rehabilitated by MidPen Housing

“This is a beautiful renovation that not only incorporates numerous green features to help the environment, but, just as important, gives 20 hard-working residents an affordable place to live in Sunnyvale,” said Sunnyvale Mayor Tony Spitaleri.

Shortly after MidPen purchased Garland Plaza, the City of Sunnyvale and the County of Santa Clara decided to come together to transform the property immediately adjacent to Garland Plaza which, at that time, was underutilized county land. Now, a few feet from Garland’s doors, stands Fair Oaks Plaza, a new affordable housing community for seniors also developed by MidPen and a new county state-of-the-art health clinic, both of which opened in 2011

“We applaud the City of Sunnyvale’s vision to transform this centrally located neighborhood,” said State Matthew O. Franklin, President of MidPen Housing. “The renovation of Garland Plaza alongside recently developed Fair Oaks Plaza and the County Valley Medical Center, demonstrates how new amenities and new housing can enhance a neighborhood and how existing housing, like Garland Plaza, can be an integral part of that transformation.”

The upgrade of Garland Plaza provided a complete facelift for the outward appearance of the buildings and landscaping to enhance and modernize its frontage and to complement the design of Fair Oaks Plaza which is easily visible from Garland Plaza’s properties. The interiors were also completely overhauled with all new flooring, new cabinets and countertops, Energy Star appliances, new lighting, dual pane windows and fresh paint. Other renovations included: replacing old wooden carports with new metal ones; seismic upgrades, a Photovoltaic system to offset the community’s common electricity costs; and the addition of a multifunctional community space for residents. Drought resistant plants and ground covering were added to decrease water consumption throughout the community.

“MidPen is very proud that 636 El Camino serves as a northern gateway to the Grand Boulevard and is a shining example of the Grand Boulevard Initiative,” said Matthew O. Franklin, President of MidPen Housing. “We applaud the City of South San Francisco’s vision to provide quality homes for their hard working, low-income families through this high-density, mixed-use community. This is really smart growth at its best.”

Conveniently located within a half-mile of major bus lines, public parks, grocery stores, pharmacies and other retail centers, Garland Plaza is a transit-oriented, pedestrian friendly community that provides eleven 1-Bedroom, three 2-Bedrom and six 3-Bedroom units.

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 $8.4 million acquisition and rehabilitation was provided by the City of Sunnyvale, the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee and Wells Fargo.