The project involves construction of a new affordable senior housing development on a 1.4 acre site consisting of 51 rental apartments for very low- to moderate-income seniors plus one caretaker’s unit that would not be income-restricted. The single building would be a five-story, 53-foot tall structure served by 32 parking spaces in a second level garage. There would also be a new off-site pedestrian crosswalk, located south of the Orinda Community Church at the top of Irwin Way, which will provide safe access to residents to walk to Downtown Orinda. The proposed project consists of a General Plan Amendment from “Public and Semipublic” to “Residential: Multifamily”, Rezoning from “Public, Semipublic, and Utility” to “Residential Medium Density” with a “Senior Housing-Overlay” (SH-O), Minor Subdivision (lot split), Design Review Permit, Tree Removal Permit, and Elevated Deck Permit. Additionally, an application for Density Bonus requests concessions to the to the private open space requirement, height limit, and story limit for the proposed project.
Of the 52 total units, there will be thirty-two (32) one and twenty (20) two bedroom units ranging from 700 - 958 square feet (gross). The rental units will be affordable to seniors with very low to moderate incomes (30-80% of the Contra Costa County area median income). The project will provide 25% of the units at moderate income (13 total), 59% of the units at low-income (30 total) and 16% of the units at very low-income (8 total), with one (1) unit for the caretaker that is not income-restricted. The average senior resident expected to live in the development is single, in their 70’s, and living on a fixed income. The building will include amenities such as an on-site Community Room, a community garden, roof deck(s), two offices, Crafts and Computer Room, bike storage, resident parking garage with a security gate at the garage entry, building maintenance shop and landscaped open space areas.