We’re excited to report that on December 14 the City Council of Daly City approved a proposal to transform a vacant lot into new affordable homes for low-income seniors.
The Brunswick Street Senior Apartments by AMG and Associates will provide 206 affordable studios for seniors. It’s located less than half a mile from the Daly City BART station and just steps away from the Mission Street commercial corridor. This location is a model environment for seniors to stay healthy by walking and taking transit to nearby amenities. Greenbelt Alliance endorsed this project and rallied local organizations to join us in support.
Here are some of our favorite things about it:
- 100% of the units are affordable to low- and very low-income seniors
- Ground floor commercial area will enliven the street for new and existing residents
- Prioritizes space for people rather than cars, with only 59 parking spaces
- Shuttle service for residents who don’t drive
- Charging stations for electric vehicles
These new apartments are an important step towards solving the Bay Area’s housing crisis, improving our economy, and protecting our region’s greenbelt—all while providing a better quality of life for seniors in Daly City.
This is also one of the first Bay Area developments to use a Sustainable Communities Environmental Assessment (SCEA)—the streamlined environmental review authorized under SB 375 in 2008 for compact infill development near transit. We hope this leads to broader use of the SCEA to reduce development costs and speed approval for smart infill.
“We greatly appreciate the effort and support of Greenbelt Alliance in helping us get our proposal approved,” said Alexis Gevorgian, founder of AMG & Associates. “The Bay Area is fortunate to have such an effective organization that promotes high-quality, environmentally sensitive development in our communities.”
Many thanks to the Loma Prieta Chapter of the Sierra Club and the San Mateo County Housing Leadership Council for adding their voices.
This article was co-authored by Monica Van Luven.