Seniors Series: Kottinger Gardens, rooted in Pleasanton | News – California News

Seniors Series: Kottinger Gardens, rooted in Pleasanton | News – California News

Bordering an expanse of green grass that makes up Kottinger Village Park, the new homes sit side by side, painted in earth tones and adorned with decorations.

New flowers and landscaping dot dirt plots surrounding the single-story cottages. Planter boxes border the houses, many brimming with herbs.

And behind construction fencing, a new multiple-story building nears completion, with tenants expected to move in this fall.

Years in the making, the Kottinger Gardens affordable senior housing project is now toward the end of its first phase. The redevelopment of the former Kottinger Place site and current Pleasanton Gardens complex — respectively located at 240 and 251 Kottinger Drive, just outside downtown Pleasanton — is a collaboration between the city and nonprofit developer MidPen Housing Corp.

“It’s been a pleasure to partner with the city of Pleasanton and other community stakeholders on their clear vision to transform this wonderfully situated but outdated property,” Abby Goldware, MidPen associate director of housing development, said in a statement. “The seniors who lived here previously now have brand-new, environmentally friendly homes where they can age in place.”

“And once the second phase is complete, we’ll have doubled the number of affordable apartments, which is particularly important given the growing population of seniors here in one of the nation’s most expensive housing markets,” she added.

A task force made up of local commissioners, residents of the senior housing communities and other stakeholders selected MidPen for the two-phase project in December 2011. As part of the project agreement, the city retained ownership of the former…

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