December 12, 2017
Petaluma, CA — The North Bay Business Journal has awarded Mackey Terrace, an EAH Housing senior community, as one of the North Bay’s Top Real Estate Projects of 2017 in the Multifamily – Rehabilitation category. EAH was selected amidst project nominations by North Bay architects, engineers, builders, commercial real estate brokers, North Bay Business Journal staff and the general public.
Located within half a mile of a shopping center and major transportation outlets, Mackey Terrace houses low-income seniors and residents with physical disabilities. Surrounded by three sides of open space, the outside sitting areas provide views of Marin’s beautiful hills. EAH constructed the three-story, 50-unit building in 1993.
EAH prides itself not only on maintaining but improving its properties throughout California and Hawaii. This rehabilitation has included a complete renovation of all units, including new kitchens and bathrooms, and adding air conditioning, high efficiency appliances and dual pane windows. The number of units for residents with physical disabilities has increased from three to five. These units provide accommodations that allow people to move throughout their home without impediment, including larger bathrooms and kitchens, clear space for a turn radius and roll-in showers.
“Renovating a senior housing community working with EAH Housing, the design team and our talented subcontractors, using quality construction, updated materials and more efficient equipment improves residents’ quality of life and is extremely rewarding,” says Roger Nelson, President of Midstate Construction.
Common areas are generously expanded, to combat isolation, recognized as a key factor in seniors’ health. One of the community’s points of pride, the garden, has been improved to include more accessible space for outdoor seating. Additionally, the front patio has been leveled and enlarged. The community room, expanded by 100 feet, now includes a coffee bar area that will encourage residents to sit and mingle.
One of the added benefits of an increased community space is the ability of EAH to host pilot programs of its Stay Well! initiative. Over its nearly 50 years of service, EAH Housing has established relationships with over a hundred agencies and service providers, ensuring that residents are connected with dozens of resources that provide not just the basic necessities but also comforts to improve quality of life. The impacts of these efforts to help seniors age in place will now be quantified through the Stay Well! program.
“EAH is focused on improving our residents’ health and long term stability through our Stay Well! program, providing services in affordable housing for seniors,” says Mary Murtagh, President and CEO of EAH Housing. “We support best practices in senior care throughout Marin, using the knowledge we gain from ongoing evaluation of the impacts of this work.”
As a mission-driven organization, EAH Housing works not just to house people in affordable units, but also to provide them with the tools and environment they need to remain independent and age in place.
The $25 million rehabilitation effort was supported by financing utilizing Low Income Housing Tax Credits, California Debt Limit Allocation tax-exempt bonds, Union Bank of California, Merritt Community Capital and North Marin Senior Housing Corporation. The development team includes Midstate Construction, located in Petaluma, and TWM Architects from San Rafael.
About EAH Housing
Established in 1968, EAH Housing is one of the largest and most respected nonprofit housing development and management organizations in the western United States. EAH develops low-income housing, manages more than 110 properties in 55 municipalities in California and Hawaii, and plays a leadership role in local, regional and national housing advocacy efforts.
For more information visit www.eahhousing.org.