Groundbreaking Friday For Orinda Senior Apartments

Dignitaries will wield shovels to dig a hole for the 67-unit affordable housing complex at 2 Irwin Way, Orinda.

Shiny shovels will turn the earth at noon Friday for Orinda's long-awaited senior apartment complex downtown.

Orinda Senior Apartments at 2 Irwin Way will be Orinda's first affordable housing community in 30 years, said Catherine Relucio, communications manager for Eden Housing of Hayward, the manager of the project. It will feature 67 affordable rental apartments in "a quintessential infill site conveniently located in the downtown area, in close proximity to transportation, services and community amenities," states an Eden Housing news release.

The target completion date is June 2014, said Relucio. The name for now is "Orinda Senior Apartments" but authorities are thinking about coming up with a new name. Tell us in the comments below if you have a bodacious idea to name the complex.

At the noon Friday groundbreaking, there will be shovels ready for Orinda Mayor Amy Worth and the City Council, Congressman George Miller, Assembly Member Joan Buchanan, and other dignitaries.

Amenities at Orinda Senior Apartments will include:

  • on-site management offices.
  • a large community room with a full kitchen.
  • an exercise room.
  • a library/computer center.
  • laundry facilities.
  • a courtyard with a barbecue area and community garden.

The apartments are available for senior households "earning at or below 30 to 50 percent of the Contra Costa County Area Median Income," according to the Eden Housing press release.

Chris Engl January 27, 2013 at 05:28 AM
@ Valerie Sloven -- you responded by mirroring my signature, suggesting that my whole point was that I dont like change and hurling an insult. Let's keep the open discussion going and avoid cheap shots along the way.
Valerie Sloven January 27, 2013 at 05:53 AM
Okay, and I apologize for the insult.
Eastofthehills January 27, 2013 at 07:33 AM
@Valerie 50 to 100 years ago we didn't have subsidized housing; you bought where you could afford. One funny thing I have noticed is that everyone is subsidized housing seems to drive a car nicer than mine! Additionally when I went though the garage of a section 8 apartment I noticed their cars are nicer then my neighbor hood in Moraga! The idea behind subsidized housing should be to encourage people to move out of it not encourage them to stay.
Janet Maiorana January 28, 2013 at 07:42 AM
Why do so few people know about the One Plan Bay Area devised by MTC/ABAG? This plan will impact Orinda more than anything ever has. Orinda City Council should have Town Hall meetings to inform citizens of all the facts. MTC/ABAG should not take control of our General Plan. Orindans should be allowed to vote on any MTC?ABAG plan for Orinda..
therapypsmithnoel June 11, 2014 at 08:05 PM
Maybe you could call it A Pleasant View To The Future pamela


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