Jardin de las Rosas (courtesy photo)
A grand opening celebration took place last week for Peoples’ Self-Help Housing’s (PSHH) Jardin de las Rosas, an affordable rental housing project in Santa Barbara.
Located at 510 N. Salsipuedes Street, the 40 rentals consist of 1, 2, and 3-bedroom units with a Michael Towbes Community Center and Jeanette Duncan Learning Center, which will offer supportive services like educational programs for children and workforce preparedness for adults.
The property also has a multi-purpose room, staff offices, an interior courtyard with a “tot lot,” a playground, and a 35-foot-wide mural by local artists.
The housing development recently received the top GreenPoint ranking for its environmental friendliness by Build it Green, a professional non-profit membership organization that sets the standard for green homes.
“It is exciting and rewarding for us to know that our new developments are offering more than just affordable housing for the Central Coast,” said John Fowler, President & CEO of PSHH. “We consciously build our properties to be environmentally friendly and I am so proud that JDLR not only meets but exceeds green standards.”
Some features that earned the development project the Platinum GreenPoint rating include stormwater management through bio-retention swales in the landscaping, durable moisture and fire-resistant materials used, Energy Star appliances, LED lighting, a rooftop solar photovoltaic system to provide electricity to common areas, just to name a few.
The property is located in a priority housing overlay zone that was identified through the community input process which informed the City’s Plan Santa Barbara outreach effort. According to PSHH, it is one of the first projects approved through the City’s pilot program under the new ordinance, and a key implementation action of the City’s General Plan.
Funding agencies include California Community Reinvestment Corp., J.P. Morgan Chase, City of Santa Barbara, HOME & Redevelopment, Goleta Valley Housing Committee, and Enterprise Community Partners. Development partners include architects Peikert + RRM Design Group, landscape architect Robert Andrew Fowler, civil engineer Stantec and structural engineer Ashley & Vance Engineering Inc.
First-year financial support for the new learning center and educational programs at JDLR has been provided by the Women’s Fund of Santa Barbara, the Williams-Corbett Family Foundation, Pacific Premier Bank, and First Republic Bank.