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.