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idents feel they have something of importance to contribute, spontaneous so residents can do what they want when they want (eschewing standard practices of say, the food only served in the dining hall at 8 a.m., noon and 5 p.m. rule), and mobile in that they have the ability to fully engage in the whole commu- nity. Tenfold crafted their amenities, activities and services at Prairie City Living toward these goals. They also crafted their building designs in this way. Previ- ously, their units resembled those of their competitors with lim- ited amenities in the units like kitchenettes and small closets with slider doors, the washer and dryer located down the hall. At Prairie City Landing, each apartment has large windows, walk-in closets, washer and dryer, and a full kitchen. “One of the primary drawing cards is that the washer and dryer is in your own apartment,” Edmison says. “It’s not so fun carrying your clothes down the hall and waiting until everyone else gets theirs done.” Tenfold had realized that residents don’t want to walk down the hallway to do their laundry with neighbors. They don’t want to downsize that much, getting rid of most of their belongings to squeeze the rest into tiny closets. They don’t want to eat ev- ery meal selected off the same menu in the same dining hall — sometimes they want a kitchen suitable for cooking a meal at home. “For our residents, our options are a lifestyle continuum of where they’ve been in the past — they’re coming out of sin- gle-family homes,” Flanigan says. There’s also the comfort of stability. Because the entire building is licensed as a Residential Care Facility for the Elder- ly by the California Department of Social Services, residents at Prairie City Landing don’t have to move when they need addi- tional care (memory care services are the only support which requires residents to live in designated units). The new Maple Tree Village under construction in Sacra- mento’s Pocket neighborhood will also be licensed as RCFE. The 102-unit senior housing facility is being built by ACC Senior Ser- vices, a nonprofit organization founded in 1972 (formerly called the Asian Community Center of Sacramento Valley), and will include 72 assisted-living and 30 memory-care units. The $31.9 million project is expected to open by the end of this year. The organization says Maple Tree will be culturally sensitive of its residents, which means “responding to languages, dietary pref- erences and needs, religious traditions and other aspects that ensure those served feel welcome, at home and valued,” says Donna Yee, former CEO and now a consultant for the nonprofit. For Darrick Lam, CEO of ACC Senior Services, the need for more specialized senior housing hit especially close to home, following his mother’s diagnosis with vascular dementia in 2009. “As much as I think she is doing very well, I can’t deny the fact that at some point in time she will need more assistance than what my sister, my wife and I can offer her,” he says. He has signed his mom onto the prospective applicants list, which has 120 others also hoping for a spot at Maple Tree Village. ACC Senior Services already operates Greenhaven Terrace, an independent and assisted-living facility located around the block from ACC’s main campus, which offers classes like origa- To Build or Not? Last November, Davis voters did something somewhat un- expected: With 56 percent voting yes, this notoriously anti- growth community approved Measure L to accommodate the development of 74 acres of agricultural land for the West Davis Active Adult Community. Developer Taormino & Associates stated the project will serve current Davis residents, with 410 market-rate units and about 150 apartments reserved for low-income seniors, and 80 percent of the units for households with at least one resident over age 55. The community will include single-story homes and apartments, along with a health club and restaurant open to the public, walking and bike paths, and a vegetable garden. “We supported the West Davis Active [Adult] Community in concept because of the significant affordable housing por- tion of the project that includes wraparound services that will help lower-income older adults to remain in their home with proper supports,” says Sheila Allen, executive director of the Yolo Healthy Aging Alliance. “Also, housing of all types that are universally designed and accessible to allow persons to age in place are needed in our community.” The Capital Region may need more senior housing, but that doesn’t mean an automatic stamp of approval for these projects, as the Sacramento City Council demonstrated last September by voting down the proposed Luther Drive Senior Apartments in south Sacramento. The project included 24 rental units on a lot smaller than 1 acre. The council argued that the project was too dense and the site not close enough to shopping, transit and other services. To move forward, the project would need to be reduced to six single-family units or 16 apartments. But architect and devel- oper Robert Pecora said he has been working on the project for several years and needs the higher number of units to make it pencil out. “There’s no doubt we need housing,” said Councilman Lar- ry Carr, who represents the district, during the council meet- ing. “We all agree on that. But we need the right kind of hous- ing. … The project is simply too dense for that lot.” Vice Mayor Steve Hansen said that although he supports Pecora’s efforts to build housing, the “fact that this site is zoned [single-family residential] says a lot to me about what the community wanted when we were doing our General Plan,” and this project goes against those wishes. “I am a happy YIM- BY supporting housing projects because we need that, but they also have to be done in a way that’s respectful and works with the community.” ~ Sena Christian January 2019 | 51