Abode Communities Development to Transform Uninhabitable Building into Thriving Senior Community
Pasadena, CA— March 21, 2011—Dozens of neighbors joined Mayor of Pasadena Bill Bogaard, Vice Mayor Victor Gordo, and Robin Hughes, president of Abode Communities, Saturday, March 19, 2011 to celebrate the start of construction of Hudson Oaks, a new affordable senior housing community in Northwest Pasadena. The 45-unit development will replace a vacant, blighted building damaged by fire in 2005, and provide much-needed housing for very low-income seniors earning below 30 percemt of Area Median Income ($17,400 to $19,800). After the program, dignitaries participated in a post signing ceremony, followed by a festive community lunch with family activities.
Mayor Bill Bogaard, City of Pasadena, called it a day for celebration and offered “thanks and admiration for all involved.” Bogaard also said, “Abode Communities is an organization with a long list of successful developments and sensitive management of units that meet the needs of the residents. It is reassuring to have a development go up under Abode Communities that will contribute to the vitality of the community. I know the community will be well served.”
Designed in a contemporary Craftsman-style to complement the surrounding historic Washington Square neighborhood in Northwest Pasadena, the building deploys many of the iconic design elements and colors associated with this architectural style, such as wood siding, shingled rooftop, wood trellis-framed entry and a strong base. At Hudson Oaks, the wood paneling is being replaced by a more weather-resistant siding product and 85% of the existing framing is being reused as part of its green-building initiative.
Hudson Oaks’ colorful community room opens onto an outdoor-living courtyard with views of the newly renovated, adjacent Washington Park. A direct-access ramp to the park will facilitate the residents’ participation in park programs and fitness opportunities. Other amenities will include a laundry room, on-site property management office, security features, an elevator, trash chutes and surface parking. Hudson Oaks will also address the declining mobility of aging seniors through physical upgrades that improve accessibility, including the expansion of bathrooms and widened of doorways.
Hudson Oaks will offer an enriching and supportive environment to its residents by providing comprehensive social services and community resources. According to Robin Hughes, president of Abode Communities, “the service-enriched environment provided by our Beyond Homes program will help to ensure seniors are able to age in place while residing in high-quality affordable housing.”
Residents will receive assistance with daily living activities, health and wellness programs to prevent or delay physical and cognitive decline, recreation and civic engagement to prevent isolation and foster social interaction, and financial and legal services to provide access to benefits and prevent fraud.
“Abode Communities is a terrific organization doing terrific work for all the right reasons and for all the right people,” said Vice Mayor Victor Gordo, Council Member District 5. “There are many reasons to celebrate the project today. Besides providing affordable housing for seniors, it is also a neighborhood revitalization project.”
Prior to construction, the site was heavily damaged by a 2005 fire and has been vacant, uninhabitable and in disrepair since. Hudson Oaks will replace the blighted property with sustainable apartment homes aiming to achieve LEED for Homes platinum certification. All residential appliances, light fixtures, and HVAC equipment will be Energy Star Certified, and the building will benefit from a photovoltaic solar panel system. Additionally, to improve indoor air quality, non-VOC paints/adhesives will be used, and each unit will be built to exhaust to the exterior, as well as equipped to regulate outdoor air to improve circulation. Water-use reduction is also a priority: hence, low-flow fixtures and dual flush toilets will be installed, and environmentally sensitive drainage paths will be utilized. The landscaping plan includes the preservation of mature oak trees, and the addition of edible, drought-tolerant plants.
Bill Pavão, Executive Director for the Tax Credit Allocation Committee (TCAC), which awarded Abode Communities a grant for just under $7-million from Federal stimulus funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, called this “a miracle project,” as many great projects often go unfunded. “Hudson Oaks was a perfect fit for this late-received money that almost went back to the federal government.”
Additional funding for the $17-million project came from the California Community Reinvestment Corporation, City of Pasadena Housing Department, (funded in part by the California Department of Housing and Community Development), County of Los Angeles Community Development Commission, Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco, Pasadena Water and Power, Preservation Partners Development, and Wells Fargo Bank.
The completion of Hudson Oaks is slated for March 2012.
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About Abode Communities:
Abode Communities, the developer, architect, and property manager for Hudson Oaks, was founded in 1968 with a mission to open new doors in people's lives through creative and responsible design, development and operation of service-enhanced affordable housing. Abode Communities is a leader, advancing the field of affordable housing and addressing the needs of Southern California's large workforce, low-income families, seniors, and individuals with special needs. It is the only nonprofit firm with a structure that comprises the four necessary pillars to revitalize neighborhoods: Development, Architecture, Housing Services and Resident Services. Currently, Abode Communities owns 34 properties throughout the region that are home to more than 4,000 residents.