PEP Housing is preparing to celebrate the groundbreaking of Kentfield’s first affordable housing development for seniors called Toussin Senior Apartments on February 1, 2010. Toussin Senior Apartments consists of a two-building scheme to maximize the view for the tenants and the structure will contain permeable walking surfaces, rain water dispersement structures, and proper planting to provide water conservation throughout. The roof areas of the two buildings are oriented as to provide large south facing portions which will accommodate in the most efficient fashion installation of photovoltaic roof panels. The project is slated to be completed by the end of 2010.
In 2006, the County of Marin approached PEP Housing about building affordable housing in Kentfield. Located on Toussin Lane across from the College of Marin, it is a vacant parcel of land that has been slated for affordable housing by Marin’s Housing Element in the Marin Countywide Plan. Since then, PEP Housing has worked with County and City officials to perform all the necessary market studies, environmental reports, and create architectural plans for a 13-unit development that fits within the landscape of the community. The next step was piecing together the financing, which in these economic times is hard to come by. Funding for the project includes assistance from the Marin County (HOME funds, Community Development Block Grant, and Affordable Housing Trust Fund), Marin Community Foundation, and Merritt Community Capital as the tax-credit investor. The project has also been allocated project-based Section 8 housing vouchers.