Sara Conner Grand Opening


Eden Housing & City to Celebrate Opening of Sara Conner Court on Mission


Hayward:  On October 6th  Hayward-based developer Eden Housing, Inc. and the City of Hayward will celebrate the Grand Opening of Sara Conner Court, a 57-unit affordable multifamily housing community that stands at the southern gateway to the city. This is Eden Housing's 22nd affordable housing development for the City of Hayward, where Eden had its beginning in 1968.  The development, located at 32540 Pulaski Drive at Lafayette off Mission Boulevard, is named in honor of Sara Z. Conner, a longtime member of Eden Housing's board of directors and a well-known community volunteer who supported many local civic and charitable activities until her death in 2004.


Participating in the 12:00 noon ceremony will be Hayward Mayor Michael Sweeney and other City and business dignitaries. Sara Conner's family members will also participate in the event, and will be dedicating a Misch Kohn original print donated by the Kohn family in Sara Conner's memory.


Sara Conner Court was financed by the City of Hayward with Redevelopment, HOME and CDBG funds, and by Silicon Valley Bank, Lenders for Community Development and Enterprise Social Investment Corp. (ESIC), which is the project tax credit investor.  Because the project incorporates "green, environmentally sound elements, Green Building in Alameda County and Bay Friendly Landscaping provided technical assistance and funding for 'green' architecture and landscaping. The project also received a 'green building' grant from Home Depot Foundation and a 'green communities' grant from the Enterprise Foundation.


The housing replaces the former Clarendon Foods plant and an abandoned gas station, which had long been neighborhood eyesores. Designed by award-winning Pyatok Architects of Oakland, the new development includes four buildings surrounding a large lushly landscaped central courtyard.  Resident amenities include a community meeting room with kitchen, a computer learning center, laundry room, playground, barbecue and picnic area, and an energy-efficient design which keeps energy costs lower for the residents. Each apartment has either a patio or a deck.  The development project also provided the opportunity to install a new traffic signal on Mission at Lafayette for which the Fairway Park neighborhood has waited more than 10 years.


The housing is specifically for households with incomes ranging from $17,400 for a one-person household to $61,620 for a family of seven, which are from 30% to 60% of the Area Median Income. Residents were selected by a lottery, and then qualified by credit and income requirements.  Ground-level units are adaptable for people with disabilities. Eden Housing Management, Inc. (EHMI) manages the property and nonprofit Eden Housing Resident Services, Inc. (EHRSI) will provide resident support services & programs.


Rental applications for 2 & 3 bedroom units are available at the Sara Conner manager's office.



Release Date: 
Wednesday, September 27, 2006

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