Construction Starts on Senior Housing

Courtesy City of Alameda    Architects expect Alameda Point Senior Apartments to look like this once construction has been completed.

Developer hosts Alameda Point groundbreak ceremony

Last Thursday, July 11, the City of Alameda, along with Eden Housing and Alameda Point Partners (APP), broke ground at Alameda Point Senior Apartments, a 60-unit affordable rental community for seniors age 62 and older located at Alameda Point’s Site A. According to Stephanie Hill, a spokesperson for APP, the Alameda Point Senior Apartments will be among the first buildings constructed as part of the larger Alameda Point Site A development. 

“With commencement of construction of the 60-unit Senior Apartments, Eden Housing is on its way to delivering the first phase of Site A’s low and very-low income housing requirement,” she said. 

The project includes 48 one-bedroom and 12 two-bedroom apartment homes that will be available to seniors with annual incomes from 20 percent to 60 percent of the Alameda County Area Median Income. An additional 30 units will serve seniors experiencing homelessness, of which 28 will serve veterans exiting homelessness. 

“Alameda has stepped up to provide homes for those without housing, most importantly for homeless veterans who have served our county,” said Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft. “I can’t think of a better place to do that than at the former Naval Air Station.”

Supportive services will be delivered to residents through a collaboration among Operation Dignity, Eden Housing and the Veterans Administration. 

The $36 million development uses the latest green building techniques and materials and incorporates a number of green features designed to ensure its long-term energy efficiency and sustainability. These include: a photovoltaic system that will help power common-area electricity, a solar thermal system for domestic hot water heating, bioretention basins for stormwater, a bicycle storage room and electric vehicle charging stations. 

Other amenities include a community room with kitchen, common courtyard, laundry facility, community garden space and office space for an on-site manager and supportive services. 

“The Housing Authority of the City of Alameda is pleased to partner with Eden Housing to deliver this much-needed supportive housing and to expand the overall stock of affordable housing in Alameda,“ said Vanessa M. Cooper, executive director of the Alameda Housing Authority.

Funding for the $36 million senior housing development is provided by Alameda County Measure A1 Bond funds, a State of California Veterans Housing and Homelessness Prevention Program loan, contributions by Alameda Point Partners and the City of Alameda. Operating support has been provided by the Housing Authority of the City of Alameda, the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco Affordable Housing Program, 9 Percent Low Income Housing Tax Credits from the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee and debt and equity financing from Union Bank. The project is expected to create more than 73 construction jobs and 19 ongoing jobs. 

Site A is a $1 billion mixed-use, transit-oriented waterfront development on the site of the former Naval Air Station Alameda, which closed 22 years ago. 

To be placed on an interest list for Alameda Point Senior Apartments, visit www.edenhousing.org/contact-us or call 582-1460.

Courtesy Alain McLaughlin Photography    A drone aerial view gives a great perspective on where the new project is located.