Sunflower Hill Irby Ranch/Pleasanton
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Sunflower Hill at Irby Ranch is a planned 1.64 acre residential community for individuals with developmental delays. The future site was approved by the Pleasanton City Council in February 2017. Sunflower Hill, along with partners SAHA and Dahlin Architects is now in the process of finalizing the design. The Pleasanton Planning Commission will review the project on October 25, 2017. Subsequent reviews by both the Planning Commission and the City Council will be in Winter 2017-2018. If approved, Sunflower Hill will pursue tax credit financing in March 2018. If awarded, construction could begin in late 2018/early 2019.
The community will offer 31 one-bedroom and two bedroom units as well as many amenities typically found in ‘senior living.’ The site is located within Meritage’s 14-acre The Homestead at Irby Ranch single-family home development, just north of downtown Pleasanton. The project will be among the first intentional special needs communities in the Tri-Valley area and one of the first in Northern California.
The development will include a large multi-purpose community space for dining as well as activities like movie nights, dances and family gatherings. A makerspace (aka craft room) and a traditional fitness room are planned. A commercial kitchen will afford the opportunity for both tenant and community meals. Three on-site offices for property management and resident services coordination will also be included in south side buildings. Shared outdoor amenities include a bocce ball and mulit-use sports court and a jacuzzi for on-site residents.
The two story residential building offers independent living, yet common space for social engagement. Special attention to creating social interaction space has been a strong focus – whether that’s while doing laundry, checking mail or just watching television. Within the two-story residential space, several areas for ‘caregivers’ have been identified, as well as an on-site studio apartment for staff. While most residents will have the ability to live semi-independently, Sunflower Hill and SAHA will provide overall site and property management. Thoughtful attention to the needs of individuals with developmental delays, including sound/noise, lighting, safety and security considerations, will be implemented.
When realized, Sunflower Hill at Irby Ranch will be an innovative affinity community especially designed to meet the needs of individuals with special needs. This collaborative community partnership will also be a local, state and national example of an effectively planned development that addresses the needs of a very special population.
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