First Community Housing (FCH) developed Japantown Senior Apartments, a 75-unit housing development, constructed on a half- acre infill site in the Japantown neighborhood of San Jose. This highly sustainable building serves low-income seniors earning 30-50% of the area median income. Ten of the 75 units are set aside for the developmentally disabled. Supportive services for special needs tenants are available.
Award-winning architectural firm OJK Architecture and Planning designed Japantown Senior Apartments to enhance the existing Japantown neighborhood. The new building includes five stories of residential units over a first floor comprised of a residential lobby, manager’s office and enclosed parking. The residential units include 73 one-bedroom units of approximately 600 square feet each, one studio unit, and a two-bedroom manager’s unit. Each unit has a private balcony. Common spaces include a community room, lounge, and laundry facility as well as an outdoor exercise area, gathering area with raised garden beds.
Like all FCH buildings, this senior housing development incorporates a variety of green building features such as low-VOC finishes, energy efficient appliances, water conserving fixtures and landscaping. These features provide improved indoor air quality and lower utility bills for our tenants, and improved cash-flow for the development. The building is registered for the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Homes Midrise program and LEED platinum certification.
FCH provides all tenants with a free VTA Eco Pass for unlimited transportation on all buses and light rail lines throughout the county. The program enables some seniors to get along without a car and save up to $700 annually on transit fares. The Eco Pass is critical benefit for developmentally disabled residents who do not drive.
On-site manager and maintenance staff
Computer lab and free wireless internet
Outdoor exercise area
Raised gardening beds
Free annual transit pass
Photovoltaic panel ready
Japantown Senior Apartments
685 N. 6thStreet
San Jose, CA 95112
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