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Tour of Newly Built Richardson Apartments (in SF, for very low-income, formerly homeless)

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  • Hilary Nixon
    The Drs. Julian + Raye Richardson Apartments—developed by Mercy Housing California and Community Housing Partnership—will provide permanent supportive
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      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
      population.

      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
      courtyard.

      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 Professor
      Associate Chair and Graduate Advisor
      Department of Urban & Regional Planning
      One Washington Square (WSQ 218A)
      San Jose State University
      San Jose, CA  95192-0185
      408.924.5852
      408.924.5872 (fax)
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