Tour of Newly Built Richardson Apartments (in SF, for very low-income, formerly homeless)
- The Drs. Julian + Raye Richardson Apartments—developed by Mercy
Housing California and Community Housing Partnership—will provide
permanent supportive housing for a very-low-income, formerly homeless
This open house will feature two tours of the building—at 10:15am and
11:15am—led by architects Amit Price Patel AIA LEED AP and David Baker
FAIA LEED AP. There will be no additional tour opportunities after the
residents move in.
The residents’ entrance on Fulton Street features a spacious, secure
lobby with a reception station. Beyond the lobby, the south-facing
courtyard frames an expansive existing mural—a paint-and-glass mosaic
of dancers on the side of the Performing Arts garage. Connected by an
open-air stair, four levels of fully equipped studio apartments sit
atop neighborhood-serving retail and surround the private landscaped
Other supportive uses include an on-site medical and counseling
center, a residents' lounge, and a prominent flexible-use community
room. The rooftop deck includes a living roof, allotment garden plots,
solar arrays, and City Hall views. The corner retail space is slated
for a bakery featuring a work-training program for residents, and
other ground-level retail spaces maintain an active street edge and
connect the building to the Hayes Street retail corridor.
Formerly a parking lot on the southeast corner of Fulton and Gough
streets, Richardson Apartments has risen on one of the sites freed for
development by the demolition of the collapsed Central Freeway.
on Saturday, September 10 from 10am-noon, with 2 architect-led tours
at 10:15 and 11:15.
This is the last time that the building will be open for a tour, due
to the sensitive nature of its resident population.
http://richardsontour.eventbrite.com/ (there is a $10 fee for the tour
-- money to support community housing partnership)
For more information, visit www.dbarchitect.com/RichardsonApartments.
Hilary Nixon, Ph.D.
Associate Chair and Graduate Advisor
Department of Urban & Regional Planning
One Washington Square (WSQ 218A)
San Jose State University
San Jose, CA 95192-0185