Community Revitalization

DeVries Place in the heart of Milpitas

DeVries Place in the heart of Milpitas

Catalyzing Smart Growth and Revitalizing City Centers

MidPen is called upon by city leaders who want to increase their stock of affordable housing as part of their strategy to revitalize underutilized neighborhoods. We partner with them to implement smart growth strategies that help reduce a city’s carbon footprint by bringing much needed housing close to jobs and transit.

Here are recent examples:

Renewing the Historic City Center of Milpitas

The City of Milpitas selected MidPen to help them rejuvenate their city center. The visionary partnership resulted in DeVries Place which integrated a historic city landmark into an affordable housing community for seniors. The community is the cornerstone of a now vibrant neighborhood which also includes a new health clinic and a renovated city library. In 2010, DeVries Place received the prestigious Urban Land Institute “Award for Excellence” which honors best practices in development throughout the world.
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Creating Livable, Walkable, Transit-oriented Communities in Union City and South San Francisco

Station Center in Union City’s vibrant Station District

The City of Union City is creating a new town center called the Station District. At its heart is MidPen’s Station Center which provides 157 affordable homes with retail shops on the lower level, and is a 2013 winner of the Urban Land Institute “Award for Excellence”. The master plan also includes renovations to the nearby BART station, a pedestrian plaza, community gardens and play areas for children. With such close proximity to BART, bus lines, shopping and other community amenities, Union City is creating a wonderful town center where people of all income levels can live, work, shop and play.
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636 El Camino along El Camino Real in South San Francisco

The site of 636 El Camino was one of the first major re-zonings implemented by a Bay Area city to advance the vision and principles of the Grand Boulevard Initiative, which encourages area revitalization and smart growth with high-density, mixed-use developments along El Camino Real. 636 El Camino’s close proximity to major bus lines, BART, schools, shopping and restaurants, and location along this corridor allows residents to live in the same neighborhood they work and play – decreasing their carbon footprint. 636 El Camino received a 2013 Green Building Award from Sustainable San Mateo County.
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