The completion of the dual-phase project will bring an additional 74 units of affordable housing to families and individuals in the Central Valley
MODESTO, Calif. (Jan. 25, 2024) — Mayor Sue Zwahlen and State Treasurer Fiona Ma, together with EAH Housing, today celebrated the grand opening of Archway Commons II, the second and final phase of the previously constructed affordable housing community Archway Commons in Modesto, Calif.
Developed by EAH Housing, one of the largest and most respected nonprofit housing development and management organizations in the western United States, Archway Commons II will provide 74 units of affordable housing, family-friendly indoor and outdoor amenities, and a diverse offering of supportive services.
Addressing Modesto’s affordable housing crisis requires bold solutions, and Archway Commons stands as a beacon of hope,” said Modesto Mayor Sue Zwahlen. “The completion of this dual-phase affordable housing community exemplifies our commitment to providing a sustainable and inclusive future for residents and families. By partnering with EAH Housing on this project, we are offering not just shelter, but a thriving community with essential amenities and services. Archway Commons is a transformative step toward a more equitable and prosperous Modesto.
Archway Commons II features nine, two-story buildings comprising a single one-bedroom apartment, 52 two-bedroom apartments, and 20 three-bedroom apartments for residents earning 30% to 60% of the area median income (AMI). The additional 74 residences bring the total unit count of the community to 150. All apartment homes are equipped with a full kitchen, energy-efficient appliances, a private balcony, and window coverings. The property’s ground-level units are all ADA-compliant.
“In the face of California’s shortage of housing at all income levels, communities like Archway Commons play a vital role in creating positive ripples throughout our state,” said Gustavo Velasquez, Director of the California Department of Housing & Community Development. “As we grapple with the magnitude of this housing affordability crisis, addressing the housing needs in smaller communities becomes paramount. Archway Commons illustrates how thoughtful and community-focused projects can make a substantial impact in bridging the affordable housing gap statewide.”
Located at 1101 Carver Road, Archway Commons was constructed on former industrial grounds that were rezoned for the development of much-needed affordable housing. The community is near Highway 99, about 2.5 miles from downtown Modesto, and in convenient proximity to multiple bus lines, a shopping center, several public parks, primary and secondary schools, and Modesto Junior College.
Residents of Archway Commons II enjoy a variety of shared amenities within the community center, designed to foster a sense of collectivity and well-being during the initial construction phase. This communal space includes a swimming pool, an outdoor picnic area, a basketball court, two tot lots, a common room, a computer learning center, a management office with a welcoming reception area, restrooms, and a maintenance room. A variety of on-site supportive services will be available to residents within the community center, such as case management with a personal services plan, life skills workshops, money management, employment assessment, and job preparation.
The property, accessible through gated pedestrian and vehicle entrances at Carver Road and 9th Street, is shared with the Phase I development. Future outdoor enhancements will include a common tenant garden area, interconnected walkways, a patio area, and additional tot lots. Along the 9th Street frontage, a landscaped planting area is proposed, complemented by the addition of a new sidewalk for improved accessibility and aesthetic appeal.
“At EAH Housing, our commitment to providing affordable housing is unwavering,” said Laura Hall, CEO of EAH Housing. “We believe that every individual and family deserves a place to call home, and we are proud to contribute to this fundamental need across California. The completion of the second and final phase of Archway Commons in Modesto is a testament to our dedication. We are honored to play a role in creating vibrant communities, fostering a sense of belonging, and making a positive impact on the lives of residents and families throughout the state.”
Throughout the development of Archway Commons II, EAH Housing was committed to achieving Zero Net Energy. The property was designed to harness the power of photovoltaic (PV) solar systems with the ultimate goal of producing a surplus of energy, effectively offsetting 100% of both common area and residential energy consumption.
About EAH Housing
EAH Housing is a nonprofit corporation with a mission to expand the range of opportunities for all by developing, managing, and promoting quality affordable housing and diverse communities. Established in 1968, EAH Housing has become one of the largest and most respected nonprofit housing development and management organizations in the Western United States, with over 750 employees and plays a leadership role in local, regional, and national housing advocacy efforts.
Starting from grass-roots origins in response to the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., EAH Housing now serves over 25,000 low-income families, seniors, veterans, formerly unhoused individuals, people with special needs, transitional age youth (TAY), artists, farm workers, and students across more than 240 communities in California and Hawai’i. Combining award-winning design, innovative onsite services, and a commitment to people, EAH Housing reflects the distinctive personality of each community.