Senior housing planned for old orchard property
Original post made on Sep 14, 2012
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on Sep 14, 2012 at 10:19 am
We all know what the City Council will do with this one. They will blindly approve the 6.5 million because they think that the Palo Alto Housing Corporation is a non-profit ally of the city, that provides a good benefit to the city and its residents. Unfortunately, the city of Palo Alto, and its council does not realize that most residents who reside in Palo Alto Housing Corporation rental don't want to live in those rentals because the property management of Palo Alto Housing Corporation is brutal to its residents, and discrimanatory to all the ethnic and minority residents of those projects. Of course, the city of Palo Alto and the council do not want to hear or validate any of those resident stories. People who reside in those properties are basically stuck, but that is how low-income and minority people are treated. This agency is a horrible agency, but the city of Palo Alto, and the council are in bed with them, and we all know what will happen. And, what seniors are they really serving with income ranges of $31,000 to $63,00? This is bogus. And, why does the proposal include market rate homes when Palo Alto Housing Corporation's mission is to build affordable housing? This is an indicator that the city has already given a thumbs up to this project. Sad but true, we never seem to vote in the right people to council, and this is what we get in return. Perhaps, the Palo Alto Housing Corporation should change the goal of their housing in this location to help those folks in the Buena Vista Mobile Park to have more affordable housing when they lose their homes in the par. That would be the noble thing to do. But of course, Palo Alto Housing Corporation is not a noble agency. They are however a very self serving, and discriminatory agency.
on Sep 14, 2012 at 12:33 pm
Seniors in Palo Alto are deciding to age in place and many will opt to live in smaller, one-level units. The sale of the 15 market rate houses will subsidize the land purchase and construction of the senior apartments. The Palo Alto Housing Corporation's apartments around the City are very well maintained and blend in with neighborhood settings. I expect the same to hold true with the Maybell project. Palo Alto seniors deserve affordable housing options and this project will fill this need and at the same time provide high-value market-rate family homes in Barron Park.
on Sep 14, 2012 at 12:47 pm
Creating market-rate units to subsidize affordable housing, particularly senior affordable housing (much needed in this area), is a win-win. I commend Palo Alto Housing Corporation for their ingenuity and straight-up willingness to take on such a difficult project, all for the sake of providing clean, affordable homes for seniors that would like to stay in the area and need to downsize (but can only accomplish this with subsidized housing options). I live in downtown and are familiar with 2 particular affordable housing complexes owned and managed by Palo Alto Housing Corporation. They blend in well with the neighborhood and are impeccably maintained and managed. Big supporter of more affordable housing in Palo Alto (I live in a market-rate home and have for 7 years), and a big supporter of any organizations who take on the burden of providing the latter with such dedication and professionalism.