This through block development located, in the heart of the civic center of Richmond, CA, consists of 11 townhouses and 40 senior units and sits adjacent to a 142 unit senior complex.
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MTA is providing and presenting design options to replace all and/or rehab some of the existing 136 units and 38 parking spaces on site based on the existing residents, neighbors and City’s needs. The public process has involved the City of San Francisco’s Housing Authority, Planning Department and the Mayor’s Office of Housing as well as the resident council at Westside Courts and the neighboring community.
The townhomes line the active street sides and are animated with balconies and recesses, adding vitality to the street, while the 4 story senior building sits in the quieter central part of the site. On the podium and in front of the senior building is a landscaped shared open space that relates to the open court of the existing senior complex creating a dialog between old and new buildings.
A central circulation spline unites the project by connecting the street, community spaces, which include two multipurpose rooms located on each street side face, the senior housing, access to the shared outdoor space and the townhouses. Parking for the complex is at street level under the housing.
The architecture seeks to bridge the language of the nearby civic center buildings with the needs and individual character of multifamily developments. A series of thin folding planes create depth and usable outdoor spaces while moving away from the appearance of more traditional “bays”.