San Luis Obispo Celebrates Grand Opening of New ROEM Affordable Apartments
September 8, 2016
KTGY-designed South Hills Crossing’s 43 Affordable Multifamily Residential Units Open and Are Fully Leased
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. ― On Thursday, September 8, 2016, the City of San Luis Obispo celebrated the grand opening of South Hills Crossing, a new affordable apartment community by ROEM Corporation in partnership with the Housing Authority of the San Luis Obispo (HASLO). The grand opening celebration was held at 1:00 p.m. at 309 South Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401.
“South Hills Crossing represents the coming together of the private sector, HASLO, the City and financial markets to really address one of our community’s top challenges – lack of affordable rental housing. I am excited to see this project come to fruition,” said Mayor Jan Howell Marx, City of San Luis Obispo.
South Hills Crossing stands out as a shining example of how the community benefits when partners come together in the housing industry. Due in large part to the successful collaboration of the Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo (HASLO), City of San Luis Obispo, County of San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo County Housing Trust Fund, and ROEM Corporation, 43 families have moved into their new South Hills Crossing affordable apartments. In close proximity to restaurants, services, and entertainment downtown, South Hills Crossing brings permanent affordable housing to this beautiful California Central Coast community.
“South Hills Crossing is an excellent example of what can be accomplished by the community working collaboratively. Together we have created a permanent affordable housing resource for San Luis Obispo close to jobs, services and transportation,” said Scott Smith, Executive Director of HASLO.
South Hills Crossing is affordable to families with annual incomes at or below 60 percent of the San Luis Obispo County area median income. Designed by international award-winning KTGY Architecture + Planning, the $14.1 million development consists of three buildings in a contemporary mix of urban-industrial and craftsman style architectures with 43 one-, two- and three-bedroom units. In step with the community’s love of outdoor recreation and care for the environment, the development boasts a bike storage structure for 44 bicycle spaces (one per unit) in addition to providing 66 surface parking spaces and four motorcycle spaces.
“Affordable housing amenities can be as diverse as the residents that use them,” said Keith Labus, Principal, KTGY Architecture + Planning. “As architects, KTGY worked closely with our development partner, city staff and neighborhood groups to evaluate the specific needs of this community. Our goal is to design flexible spaces—both within and outside of the building—to accommodate as many uses as possible as the needs of the community and programs may evolve over time.”
“South Hills Crossing shows what can be done when a public sector collaborative and a for-profit developer work in partnership to begin solving a local problem such as housing affordability,” said Alex Sanchez, Executive Vice President of ROEM Corporation. “While we’re still feeling the effects of the demise of our state’s redevelopment funding sources, and with so many other economic variables working against the goal of providing affordable housing, I applaud the City and County of San Luis Obispo for creating policies that encourage affordable housing developers to build here.”
Currently pursuing USGBC LEED Platinum certification, ROEM incorporated a number of “green” features designed to ensure long-term energy efficiency and sustainability, including both solar thermal and common area photovoltaic systems; energy efficient windows; and natural ventilation with low volatile organic compound (VOC) paints and sealants. Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) Green Label Plus low VOC carpeting, pads and adhesives, and Energy Star appliances and water-efficient fixtures were also installed.
South Hills Crossing is financed with 9 percent Low Income Housing Tax Credits and Solar Tax Credits, with additional financial support from the City and County of San Luis Obispo, HASLO, San Luis Obispo County Housing Trust Fund, Citi Community Capital and AEGON Group. The architect is KTGY Architecture + Planning and the general contractor is ROEM Builders, Inc.
“AEGON is excited to play a part in providing 43 critically needed new housing units to the residents of San Luis Obispo,” said Gary Howe, Director, AEGON USA Realty Advisors, LLC. “We would like to congratulate all of the partners involved in this development for their efforts in making this project a reality, including ROEM Development Corporation and the Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo, as well as the County of San Luis Obispo, the City of San Luis Obispo, the San Luis Obispo Housing Trust Fund, and Citi Community Capital. This marks AEGON’s eighth investment with ROEM Development and we are confident South Street Family Apartments will be as tremendously successful as the previous seven. San Luis Obispo is already a desirable community for residents and visitors; South Hills Crossing Apartments will help to keep it accessible to those struggling to find housing in an extremely competitive market.”
South Hills Crossing is fully leased.
HASLO (Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo) assists 3,000 families every month with affordable housing throughout San Luis Obispo County. Formed in 1968, its mission is to provide affordable housing and programs that lead to self-sufficiency for all of its clients. HASLO owns and operates affordable housing directly, as well as through public-private partnerships collaborating with non-profit organizations, private landlords, employers and private developers. HASLO is ranked as a “higher performer” by HUD, and in 2014 was one of 19 organizations nationally that received an Award of Excellence from the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials.
About ROEM Corporation
ROEM Development Corporation, ROEM Builders, Inc., and their affiliated entities are a full-service development and construction organization that has specialized in the acquisition, planning, financing, new construction, renovation and asset management of market-rate and affordable housing throughout California for more than 30 years. Ranked in Affordable Housing Finance magazine’s Top 50 Affordable Housing Developers of 2015 list and a registered member of USGBC and Build It Green, ROEM is dedicated to creating wholesome communities that are not only sustainable but also designed smarter to ensure that residents are healthier, happier and safer. ROEM has completed more than 3,000 affordable housing units with more than 1,000 units currently under construction. For more information, visit www.ROEMcorp.com.
About KTGY Architecture + Planning
Celebrating 25 years, KTGY Architecture + Planning is an international award-winning full-service architecture and planning firm delivering innovation, artistry and attention to detail across multiple offices and studios, ensuring that clients and communities get the best the firm has to offer no matter the building type or location. KTGY’s architects and planners combine big picture opportunities, leading-edge sustainable practices and impeccable design standards to help create developments of enduring value. KTGY serves clients worldwide from offices located in Chicago, Denver, Irvine, Los Angeles, Oakland, Pune and Tysons. Call 888.456.5850 or visit www.ktgy.com, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Vimeo, YouTube