Orchard Gardens Apartments currently offers 62 apartments (one, two and three-bedrooms). First Community Housing will build 93 new units of housing and substantially rehabilitating 30 existing units. We will accomplish this by demolishing two 16-unit buildings totaling 19,990sf that have reached the end of their useful life and in that footprint build 93 new units (61 net new) in a 6 story, Type 3A/1A new construction totaling 114,800 sf.
At completion, we will provide 123 new + substantially rehabilitated units of housing with a mix of Studio, 1-BR, 2-BR and 3-BR units. All units will be affordable to families earning below 60% AMI. Half of the new construction units (47 of 93) will be a combination of rapid rehousing for families and individuals experiencing or on the brink of homelessness and permanent supportive housing, (2) two units will be set aside as manager’s and maintenance supervisor’s units. To reduce displacement, the remaining units of new construction (46) will be set aside for families currently living at Orchard Gardens who income-qualify. Families in the units to be substantially rehabilitated (30) will resume tenancy at conclusion of the rehabilitation. At least (15) units will be set aside for adults living with intellectual/developmental disabilities.
Both I/DD and rapid rehousing service providers will have access to dedicated case management and supportive services spaces that enable residents to be financially stable and live independently. FCH has long-standing agreements with excellent community based supportive service providers, including Housing Choices. Housing Choices will provide services for the intellectually/developmentally disabled residents. We will be partnering with an approved community-based organization to manage the resident service coordination for individuals living in the rapid rehousing units and the County will select the service provider to oversee more intensive case management services for eligible households.
On-site manager and maintenance person
Computers with internet access
Free WiFi throughout building
Free transit pass
FCH is a recognized leader in creating green, affordable housing and like FCH’s other new construction projects, Orchard Gardens will be designed as a LEED Platinum project. We will pursue sustainable building strategies such as selecting healthy building materials, incorporating water and energy efficient measures, and providing each household with free SmartPasses to access public transit.
Saving energy lowers operating expenses. This is achieved through insulation, water use, efficient plumbing and electrical fixtures. By having well-insulated and ventilated shell it reduces the amount of energy required to heat and cool the units and helps to improve indoor air quality. Lower energy use equals lower energy costs for the both common areas and for tenants.
Architect: OMBA Architects
Contractor: Trident Construction, Inc
Year Completed: 2000
245 W. Wedell Drive
Sunnyvale, CA 94089
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