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Rene Cazenave Apartments: A Model of Permanent Supportive Housing

Rene Cazenave Apartments is located on Block 11A of San Francisco’s Transbay Redevelopment Area. The development was awarded to a joint team of BRIDGE Housing and California Housing Partnership through a competitive selection process in 2008. The 120 units of permanently affordable supportive housing serves a diverse resident group of formerly chronically homeless individuals who have physical and mental disabilities. Onsite services include: healthcare, educational and job counseling and substance abuse counseling.

Key Design Features:

  • Solar Thermal and Photovoltaic systems for electricity and hot water generation.
  • Separate Grey Water plumbing system for future city distribution system
  • Storm water management system with green roof
  • Day-lighting in all Offices and Residential Corridors
  • Indoor Air Quality provided through filtered fresh air and healthy materials.
  • Green Point Rated score of 187
  • Retail lines the Folsom Street frontage along with new Street Trees and unit pavers.
  • Building articulation reflects the units and reduces the bulk
  • Entry Courtyard provides a transition from the street to the interior day-lit service spaces.
  • Unique vertical post tensioned concrete shear walls reduce size of walls and offer more resiliency.
  • Service offices are located off a daylight indoor passage that activates the shared ground floor common facilities.

Key Financial Information:

  • $33 Million Construction Cost
  • $50 Million Total Project Cost
  • Funding Included City of San Francisco former RDA, AHP, Fed 9% Tax Credits, and MHP
  • Ground Lease on the land
  • Rents on each unit is approximately $375 per month

Key Team Members:

  • BRIDGE Housing Robert Stevenson, CHP Michael Chao co-developers. CHP will continue to operate the development.
  • LMS Architects Richard Stacy and Saida Sullivan Architects
  • Cahill Contractors
  • Tipping Mar Structural Engineers
  • Ajmani & Pamidi MEP Engineers
  • Gary Strang Landscape Architects
  • Luk & Associates Civil Engineers
  • And a host of others not listed here!

Authored by: Fred Pollack, Van Meter Williams Pollack LLP

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