Sunflower Hill Irby Ranch/Pleasanton
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On Thursday, May 16, 2019 the City of Pleasanton in partnership with Sunflower Hill, Alameda County, and Satellite Affordable Housing Associates (SAHA), broke ground on Sunflower Hill at Irby Ranch, a residential community development specifically designed for individuals with special needs. Scheduled for completion in spring 2020, this 1.64 acre innovative residential community will offer 31 one and two-bedroom units for developmentally disabled residents, in an environment similar to senior living. All units will provide an affordable and independent living opportunity where monthly rents will be 20 to 60 percent of the area median income.
“There are more than 331,000 individuals in California and more than 20,000 in Alameda County who identify as developmentally disabled,” said Edie Nehls, Sunflower Hill’s executive director.
“Our community will provide affordable living to a population that’s often forgotten in the housing crisis discussions.”
With the total project cost estimated at approximately $19 million, none of it would have been possible without the public/private partnership from the City of Pleasanton providing more than $2.2 million in support, Alameda County allocating $7.1 million from the 2016 A-1 housing bond, funding from the National Equity Fund and Silicon Valley Bank; and design from Dahlin Architects, engineering from BKF Engineers, and Huff Construction.
“Pleasanton has been committed to providing affordable housing solutions for our residents with special needs,” said Nelson Fialho, Pleasanton city manager. “When completed, Sunflower Hill at Irby Ranch will be the first of its kind in northern California, and I hope this can be a model for other communities to replicate across the State.”
“We are so very grateful to our partners, vendors, community, city and county leaders who’ve made this day a reality,” said Susan Houghton, founder of Sunflower Hill. “Sunflower Hill is dedicated to providing innovative residential options and vocational programs to those with special needs. Pleasanton – a city that’s truly a community of character, has embraced our exceptional individuals and those with differing abilities.”
Residents will have access to community amenities such as multi-use sports facilities, fitness room, makerspace rooms, community gathering areas, therapeutic spa, and caretaker respite areas. In addition, residents will also have the option to elect for a meal plan service. On-site property management, tenant services and activities will be provided by SAHA, Housing Consortium of the East Bay, and Sunflower Hill.
“Affordable housing is a building block for transforming lives,” stated Susan Friedland, executive director of SAHA. “It is an honor and pleasure to be working with Sunflower Hill to help make their unique vision a relation. Breaking ground today is an important milestone and we are looking forward to the day new residents move into their beautiful new homes.”
City of Pleasanton News Release
Pleasanton Weekly story on City Council Approval
Pleasanton Weekly editorial
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