Ford Road Plaza: San Jose Celebrates New Affordable Family Community

Seventy-five new affordable family housing apartments in South San Jose

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Nathan Ho, Policy & Communications Manager
(510) 247-8193, nho@edenhousing.org

SAN JOSE, CA – On Friday, August 28, 2015, the City of San Jose celebrated Ford Road Plaza, a new affordable community for families by Eden Housing in partnership with the City of San Jose. The celebration was held at 1:00 p.m. at 215 Ford Road, San Jose, CA 95138.

“Ford Road Plaza happens because of collaboration and strong partnership. We are so grateful for everyone who came together to make this affordable community happen – Eden Housing, the City, the County, the Housing Authority,” said Mayor Sam Liccardo. “We look forward to continuing these partnerships for more affordable housing in San Jose.”

Ford Road Plaza offers 75 affordable rental apartments, including one manager’s unit, for residents with annual incomes between 15 percent and 50 percent of the Santa Clara County area median income. The community’s one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments provide homes to more than 240 residents.

“Ford Road Plaza is a true gem and I congratulate and thank Eden Housing and the many partners that have made this dream project into a reality,” stated San José Councilmember Ash Kalra. “When I first started as Councilmember in 2009, this area was a fenced off, blighted lot, often attracting illegal dumping. Today, we have beautiful homes that add to the community while helping dozens of residents who have dreamed of this opportunity.”

Previously a deteriorated, vacant parking lot, Ford Road Plaza transformed the site into a high‐quality, well‐managed, residential apartment community. The 2.4-acre site is owned by the City of San Jose, one of the last pieces of land purchased with redevelopment funds before redevelopment agencies were eliminated, and the City has provided the site under a 75-year ground lease for $1 per year.

“We are proud to partner with cities that are making room in their communities for lower income households to live with their families in the same community where they work,” said Eden Housing Vice Chair Tim Silva. “These folks are important to our communities and they need a place to live.”

Onsite amenities include a large community room with a full kitchen, a lounge area, a computer learning center, a large courtyard with a barbecue area, and two playgrounds. Through Eden’s free Resident Services, families of Ford Road Plaza benefit from technology training, financial literacy classes, energy and water use efficiency education, health, wellness, and safety programs.

Supervisor Mike Wasserman said, “For those individuals who won the lottery to get to live here at Ford Road Plaza, it is an absolutely life-changing, wonderful thing that we need to duplicate and replicate across Santa Clara County.”

“The people who live in affordable housing are vital members of our community,” said Assemblywoman Nora Campos. “They are our neighbors, our teachers, our bus drivers, our grocers, they go to school, their kids go to school with our kids.”

This exciting $28.5 million development was built using the latest “green building” techniques and materials, and incorporates a number of green features designed to ensure its long-term energy-efficiency and sustainability, such as solar hot water, and was designed to score more than 125 points on Build it Green’s GreenPoint Rating system.

Ford Road Plaza is ideally located near a major shopping center plus a wealth of transportation choices: the Blossom Hill Caltrain station, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) bus stop, and the nearby VTA light rail Cottle Station. This superb location allows residents to live, full, active lives without a car and help to reduce greenhouse gases.

Ford Road Plaza is financed with federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits with financial support from the City of San Jose, Wells Fargo Community Lending & Investment, the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Clara, Housing Trust of Silicon Valley, Santa Clara County Mental Health Department, California Community Reinvestment Corporation, and the Sobrato Family Foundation. The architect was HKIT Architects and the general contractor was L & D Construction Company, Inc.

The celebration speakers included

Hon. Sam Liccardo, Mayor, City of San Jose;
Hon. Ash Kalra, Councilmember, City of San Jose;
Hon. Mike Wasserman, Board of Supervisors, County of Santa Clara;
Hon. Nora Campos, Assembly Member, California 27th Assembly District;
Katherine Harasz, Interim Executive Director, Housing Authority of the County of Santa Clara;
Jeff Bennett, Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo Bank - Community Lending and Investments;
Emma Chavez, Loan Officer, California Community Reinvestment Corporation;
Sandra Murillo, Chief Operations Officer, Housing Trust of Silicon Valley;
Leslye Corsiglia, Executive Director, SV@Home;
Tim Silva, Vice Chair, Board of Directors, Eden Housing;
Linda Mandolini, President, Eden Housing.

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    About Eden Housing

    In its 47 years of service in California, non-profit Eden Housing has provided a home for more than 65,000 people. Hayward-based Eden Housing is the long-term owner-operator of its developments, and is committed to preserving and maintaining its buildings as community assets and supporting residents with a range of services. Since its founding in 1968, Eden Housing has developed or acquired more than 8,000 homes in more than 130 properties.  Eden provides professional property management and supportive resident services to families and individuals living in its portfolio of more than 7,800 apartment homes throughout California. For more information about Eden Housing, visit www.edenhousing.org

     

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    NOTE TO EDITORS: Images of Ford Road Plaza and of the celebration are available; please contact Nathan Ho at (510) 247-8193 or nho@edenhousing.org to request.

     

     

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    Friday, August 28, 2015
    Date Updated: 
    Friday, September 4, 2015

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