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Second phase of Kottinger Gardens senior housing project begins

Pleasanton Gardens site ownership transferred to city

The nonprofit behind Pleasanton Gardens, an affordable senior housing complex near downtown, has formally transferred ownership of the property to the city, paving the way for the start of Phase 2 of the new Kottinger Gardens project.

The transaction was complete as of Dec. 1 for the property with single-story senior housing cottages located at 251 Kottinger Drive, across the street from the recently completed Kottinger Gardens first phase.

"Providing more affordable housing for seniors has been a City Council priority for some time, so this is a very proud moment for all of us here in Pleasanton," City Manager Nelson Fialho said in a statement. "This milestone brings us one step closer to completing the second phase of Kottinger Gardens, which will double the affordable senior housing in our community."

The redevelopment of Pleasanton Gardens marks the final phase of the Kottinger Gardens project, which is a collaboration between the city and nonprofit developer MidPen Housing Corp. The first phase consisted of the redevelopment of the former Kottinger Place site at 240 Kottinger Drive.

As part of the project agreement, the city retained ownership of the former Kottinger Place property while MidPen committed to redeveloping and managing it.

Meanwhile Pleasanton Gardens Inc., the nonprofit owner of the 40-unit Pleasanton Gardens senior housing complex, agreed to donate the property and its assets to the city for redevelopment. The organization also gave the city $286,000 toward the project.

The city will also retain ownership of that site and lease the property to MidPen, which will build and manage the new housing.

Upon completion, the project will have more than doubled the number of affordable housing units for seniors between the two sites.

The first phase of redevelopment began in March 2016 and was completed in October. The 50 units that made up the former Kottinger Place complex were torn down and replaced with 131 new ones split between 51 single-story one-bedroom cottages and a multi-story apartment building. Former Kottinger Place residents were moved to temporary housing or stayed with relatives for a year until construction on the cottages was completed in March.

The second phase of the Kottinger Gardens project will see the existing 40 units at the Pleasanton Gardens site demolished and replaced with 54 split between 24 one-bedroom cottages and a multi-story building.

Construction for the $30 million second phase officially started Monday, according to city of Pleasanton housing manager Steve Hernandez. The buildings that currently occupy the site will be leveled over the next couple months.

"Wet weather can certainly throw a wrench into the process, but if all goes well they'll be done by April 2019," Hernandez said.

Pleasanton Gardens tenants have moved to the Kottinger Gardens Phase 1 property across the street while construction takes place. They will be given the opportunity to move back once the project is completed, according to city officials.

Fialho said the project would not have been possible were it not for a group of dedicated individuals.

"Bruce Fiedler, Brad Hirst, Dave Stark, Tim Hunt, the entire board of directors of Pleasanton Gardens, Inc., along with Abby Goldware and MidPen Housing, deserve our special thanks for helping us help senior citizens who want to age in place," he said.

Comments

11 people like this
Posted by Bill
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Dec 14, 2017 at 1:09 am

In the end, this has been a great example of Pleasanton cooperation. And the final result north of Kottinger looks outstanding.


7 people like this
Posted by Frisco & Jen
a resident of Downtown
on Dec 14, 2017 at 11:23 am

Walking our dogs past this project over the past few years we're simply awestruck by the general layout & location for this property, attention to details and the amenities they'll be offering to our seniors. I'd move here in a heartbeat!


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Posted by Disappointed
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 14, 2017 at 3:06 pm

Frisco and Jen - you'd move there in a heartbeat? Believe me your heart will stop beating long before you'd get off the waiting list to move in there, or any other senior facility that is affordable and not a tenement in Pleasanton and/or Livermore. I moved here from another state and I am shocked and saddened and extremely disappointed to see the small number of affordable housing options for lower income seniors. This place houses, what, 140 people? There are probably 100 times that many lower income seniors who need housing and are on waiting lists that are 4 to 6 years long. I'm wondering when the liberals out here turn 55 or so if they will be as appalled, concerned and puzzled over the lack of assistance for seniors in this area. The culture out here simply does not value seniors. Talk is cheap, but the cost of living isn't. I'm not talking about free lunches, bingo parties or health care/medicare lectures, I'm talking about real assistance with affordable housing which is a lower priority out here than the dog parks. A lot of people would move to a lower cost area but simply cannot do so. Help them Pleasanton and get your mind of Costco and the latest Starbucks location.


9 people like this
Posted by Lin
a resident of Downtown
on Dec 14, 2017 at 6:28 pm

I love close to the senior center and I'm overwhelmed at how many Asians are in there that just came over from Asia.. They have never worked here or paid one penny toward taxes or social security. It full of them and seniors that have worked here all their life can't get in. How does this happen?????


12 people like this
Posted by Jen
a resident of Birdland
on Dec 15, 2017 at 9:52 am

Lin,

You’re misinformed. Please stop spreading xenophobic lies about the residents. The vast majority of the residents were Pleasanton residents prior to moving to Kottinger. Further, there is a preference in place on the property for Pleasanton residents.


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on Dec 19, 2017 at 3:33 am

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4 people like this
Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 19, 2017 at 8:33 am

BobB is a registered user.

@Disappointed,

Why would a low income senior citizen from somewhere else move to an expensive place like Pleasanton? I'm in my mid fifties and may move to a cheaper place when I retire. I've lived in the Bay Area for decades, and that's been the reality of it for a long time. I'm not sure why you think Costco or Starbucks have anything to do with it.


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Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 19, 2017 at 8:37 am

BobB is a registered user.

@Lin,

You are making unsubstantiated claims. How would you know any of that is true?
I agree with Jen, you sound xenophobic.


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Posted by Buc Lau
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 19, 2017 at 9:08 am

@Dissappointed. How is it a city's responsibility to build affordable age-restricted housing for every senior citizen?
I am pretty close to that threshold to qualify, however I have been responsible enough to plan long ago for retirement through 401K, investments, etc.

Not that there are folks who were unable to plan or experienced financial reversals, but I honestly struggle with those who failed to plan when they had the time and means to do so. Our taxes are high enough, we don't need more burden.


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