Rivertown Place Opens Affordable Housing for 40 Antioch Families

Rivertown Place Opens Affordable Housing for 40 Antioch Families



Date: May 13, 2008
Contact: Beth Quirarte 510-582-1460

Rivertown Place Opens Affordable Housing for 40 Antioch Families

Eden Housing & City of Antioch Create Urban Oasis in West Rivertown Area


Antioch, CA– The grand opening of Rivertown Place affordable housing development on Friday, May 16, 2008 at noon at 712 I Street in Antioch is the result of an almost ten year collaboration between the City of Antioch and non-profit developer Eden Housing to revitalize the West Rivertown neighborhood.   On hand to celebrate will be Antioch Mayor Donald Freitas, Contra Costa County  Supervisor Federal Glover, and representatives from the office of Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher.



The forty new units of affordable housing are in ten two-story and three-story townhouse-style apartment buildings plus another building of one to three-bedroom apartments. Echoing the successful design elements of its neighbor, West Rivertown, the Rivertown Place development features Victorian and Bungalow style homes prevalent in old town Antioch. 


Eden Housing Executive Director Linda Mandolini worked closely with the City of Antioch to create a Design Concept Plan for this new urban village. "This once vibrant community had deteriorated into a haven for gangs, prostitution, and methamphetamine labs." Mandolini adds, "Now, the area is cleaned up and families are moving in to a supportive community with a range of enrichment programs for their children."


Rivertown Place includes a community building featuring a computer learning center. The adjacent West Rivertown development houses Parents and Providers Partnering for the Education of Young Children (PPPEYC), a non-profit organization that serves residents of Eden Housing developments and other low-income families with programs for young children in art, music, and school readiness as well as teen programs in conflict resolution and life skills. In addition, Eden Housing employs a Services Coordinator to run both an after-school and summer program for youth living at both Rivertown Place and West Rivertown.


 It is only through creative partnering that a development like Rivertown Place can be completed in the high-priced San Francisco Bay Area. Permanent financing was supplied through CDBG funds from the City of Antioch, HOME funds from Contra Costa County, redevelopment tax increment funds from the Antioch Development Agency, and proceeds from the syndication of 9% Low Income Housing Tax Credits.


Eden Housing is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and the construction of its 5,000thaffordable home. Headquartered in Hayward and working in 26 cities in six counties, Eden creates services-supported affordable housing for low-income families, seniors and people with disabilities.



Release Date: 
Wednesday, May 14, 2008

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