Horizons at Morgan Hill, a 49 unit affordable senior housing community, celebrated its ground breaking last week in Northern California. Scheduled to open in August 2011, the new $21.2 million community will offer healthy, supportive and eco-friendly apartment homes to seniors 55 years and older earning between 30 percent and 50 percent of Santa Clara County median income. The three story project, designed by KTGY, will offer 36 one-bedroom, one-bath and 13 two-bedroom, two-bath apartment homes, averaging approximately 778 square feet and 1,025 square feet respectively. Financing for the project was provided by National Equity Fund (NEF), the Bank of America Community Development Corporation (BACDC), the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), the County of Santa Clara, the City of Morgan Hill, the Housing Trust of Santa Clara County and the Affordable Housing Program (AHP) of the Federal Home Loan Bank.
“We are excited to celebrate the groundbreaking of Horizons at Morgan Hill and are thankful to our partners—the city and county, investors and lenders—who helped us get here today,” said John Bigley, Chief Operating Officer of Urban Housing Communities (UHC). "This project will offer seniors an attractive, healthy and supportive place to enjoy this next phase of their life. We look forward to meeting our future residents."
The 2.6 acre community will include a 3,000 square foot community center and a variety of courtyards and gardens to promote activity. Horizons at Morgan Hill has been designed to exceed Title 24 energy-efficiency standards by more than 15 percent, lowering energy consumption and providing another cost-saving benefit to residents including solar panels, low-VOC paints and an energy efficient roof.
"We have designed ample open space and multiple seating areas to promote interaction and activity among the residents of the Horizons at Morgan Hill," said KTGY Studio Director Alan Scales. "Additionally, the pedestrian-friendly location, a great swimming pool, physical fitness and nutrition classes, and a community garden encourage the residents to stay physically active and healthy.”