Affordable Housing Plan in Half Moon Bay Awarded for Sustainability
Assemblymember recognizes Senior Campus Plan’s commitment to smart growth
SAN MATEO, Calif. –Assemblymember Jerry Hill has recognized San Mateo County for designing a sustainable and environmentally-friendly community for the county’s growing population of older adults.
Assemblymember Hill will present the Half Moon Bay Senior Campus Plan with his Environmental Leadership Award at 9 a.m. Thursday at Moonside Bakery and Café, 604 Main St., Half Moon Bay, located in La Piazza.
The Half Moon Bay Senior Campus Plan was created through a collaborative group of community and government partners to address the gap between an aging population and limited affordable housing and supporting services. The plan calls for building more than 250 units of affordable housing and a network of pedestrian walkways and open spaces within walking distance of downtown Half Moon Bay shops and services.
“We know that planning for our future means creating sustainable neighborhoods that incorporate environmental stewardship,” Board of Supervisors President Richard S. Gordon said. “It is a great honor to be awarded for a project that helps house and provide services for our seniors and creates a long-term sustainable community.”
Assemblymember Hill’s Environmental Leadership Award recognizes agencies and individuals in the 19th Assembly District that show a commitment to environmental stewardship. The Half Moon Bay Senior Campus Plan is being honored for its innovative approach to providing senior housing and services. The plan allows for residents to get services where they live which will create a reduction in car trips and accompanying pollution.
There will be room for outdoor exercise, community gardens and leisurely strolls. A community center and Adult Day Health Services will also be located on campus. As the first development of its kind in San Mateo County, it will serve as a model for other communities preparing for the growing number of older adults.
The county’s senior population is expected to grow by 72 percent by 2030 as the baby boom generation ages. The most dramatic increase will be among those older than age 85.
The plan’s success is largely due to collaboration and community involvement and was developed in partnership with Lesley Senior Communities, Coastside Adult Day Health Center, Senior Coastsiders, the TouchPoint Foundation, San Mateo County and the City of Half Moon Bay. Technical expertise was provided by Pyatok Architects and Meltzner and Associates.
Representatives from San Mateo County, Half Moon Bay, the Adult Day Health Center, Senior Coastsiders and Lesley Senior Communities will be on-hand to accept the award.
To make the Half Moon Bay Senior Campus a reality, a funding application was submitted to the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. A non-profit developer has agreed to take on the project.
The Half Moon Bay Senior Campus Plan also received the EPA’s Building Healthy Communities for Active Aging Commitment award earlier this year, an award recognizing communities that are combining the strategies for smart growth and active aging.