Affordable Housing for Seniors More than Doubles on Prime Site in Pleasanton

Grand Opening for Phase 1 of Kottinger Gardens, a development of MidPen Housing and an official event of EBHO’s 2018 Affordable Housing Week

Kottinger Gardens Grand Opening

City and County leaders join MidPen in celebrating the Grand Opening for Kottinger Gardens Phase 1

On Wednesday, May 16th, Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley, Pleasanton Mayor Jerry Thorne and other City and County leaders will celebrate the Grand Opening for Phase 1 and the Groundbreaking for Phase 2 of Kottinger Gardens, an affordable rental apartment community being developed by MidPen Housing Corporation. The event is part of East Bay Housing Organization’s (EBHO) 2018 Affordable Housing Week.

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 held 90. Being developed in two phases, Kottinger Gardens represents the redevelopment of two distinct senior housing communities initially built in 1970 and located across the street from one another. Phase 1 provides 131 new apartment homes, which were recently occupied, located on the former site of Kottinger Place. Phase 2, expected to open in summer 2019, will provide an additional 54 new homes on the former site of Pleasanton Gardens. Once completed, Kottinger Gardens will be one integrated, services-enriched community with many onsite amenities where low and very low-income senior households can age in place and continue to live active and vibrant 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 common goal: to determine how to most effectively transform Kottinger Place, an aging property owned by the City, while enhancing the surrounding neighborhood and addressing several long-standing challenges at both properties.

“After years of envisioning, planning and collaborating, we’re excited to finally celebrate the opening of this community,” said Pleasanton Mayor Jerry Thorne. “Kottinger Gardens expands much needed affordable housing for our valued senior residents in a way that will be an asset to our City for years to come. This beautiful community is a shining example of what can be accomplished when civic and community leaders work together in innovative ways.”

The original 90 households at Kottinger Place and Pleasanton Gardens were given first priority when Kottinger Gardens began lease-up. Once the final phase is completed, a total of 95 additional senior households will be part of the community. The two phases will be connected by a well-lit crosswalk to provide residents easy access to community amenities on either side of Kottinger Drive.

“We’re honored to partner with the City on this innovative development, MidPen’s first in Pleasanton,” said Jan Lindenthal, Vice President of Real Estate Development for MidPen Housing. “The City demonstrated tremendous leadership in bringing together a diverse group of stakeholders around a common vision to transform an older public housing development into a new one offering spacious apartments and modern amenities to serve both the existing and new residents. The result is affordable homes for twice as many seniors in a community that maintains the neighborhood character long enjoyed by residents and neighbors alike.”

Kottinger Gardens Phase 1 includes a mix of single-story cottages and a 2- and 3- story building that 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 $43,860 for a single person household. The community also includes a bocce ball court, a fitness center, community gardens, a resident lounge with computers and a community room with a kitchen for larger gatherings. All apartment homes have either private patios or balconies. Located adjacent to Kottinger Village Park and within walking distance to downtown Pleasanton, Kottinger Gardens residents also have easy access to many other community amenities.

Robust onsite programs and services are managed and coordinated by MidPen Services. Designed to empower seniors to healthfully age in place, these include group exercise classes, health screening and health fairs, financial capabilities courses, benefits assistance, programs to increase cognitive health, and activities and events to increase social connections. MidPen Property Management provides professional onsite property management.

Financing for the $42.9 million Kottinger Gardens Phase 1 was provided by the City of Pleasanton, the County of Alameda, the Housing Authority of the County of Alameda, the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco, the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and MUFG Union Bank. Dahlin Group Architecture Planning is the architect and L&D Construction, Inc. is the contractor.

Financing for the $30.2 million Kottinger Gardens Phase 2 was provided by all of the above as well as the California Debt Limit Allocation Committee and the California Housing Finance Agency.