Studio 819 – New Mountain View Affordable Community Adds 49 Workforce Housing Units to the City

May 20, 2015

Studio 819, a new affordable community in the city of Mountain View, has opened its doors to the public. The project, consisting of 49 studio workforce housing units, was developed by ROEM Corporation and Eden Housing in partnership with the City of Mountain View.

Studio 819’s apartments are for residents with annual incomes at or below 45% of the Santa Clara County Area Median Income. This new community provides an environmentally-responsible and amenity-rich community for its residents with quality onsite management and supportive services provided by Eden Housing. Studio 819’s contemporary architectural style pays homage to Mountain View’s modern and Craftsman heritage.

The development consists of a three-story building with 41 parking spaces on a surface parking lot and 49 bicycle parking spaces. Building amenities include a community room with a kitchen, a computer room, laundry facilities, free wireless Internet, a ground-floor courtyard with a BBQ, and a third-floor roof deck. Studio 819 also provides approximately 1.6k sf of commercial space on the ground floor. ROEM and Eden are currently in negotiations with a popular local restaurant to lease the space.

This $18 mil development was constructed using sustainable building methods and incorporates a number of green features designed to ensure its long-term energy-efficiency and sustainability. Studio 819 is pursuing USGBC’s LEED-H Platinum certification, which is generally accepted as the toughest industry standard for sustainable building design. The project will also comply with CALGreen Building Codes.

To develop Studio 819 as a sustainable community, high-energy efficiency features were integrated into the design of the project from the conceptual stages, according to Keith Labus, AIA, LEED AP and Principal with national architecture and planning firm KTGY Group, Inc. “To achieve this, Studio 819 is designed to exceed Title-24 standard by 22.2% by incorporating features that optimize the building’s energy performance including: efficient HVAC systems for common spaces and residential units; 100% fluorescent lighting; Energy Star appliances; insulated windows and Low-E coating; and an extensive solar photovoltaic system that offsets the building common area energy load.”

To ensure that Studio 819 uses water in the most thorough manner possible, it has implemented a water-efficient irrigation system that meets the City of Mountain View’s water conservation goals. Studio 819 also incorporates water-efficient landscaping with drought tolerant planting, has a naturally filtrating storm water runoff system and uses bio-swales for storm water treatment, quality and retention. On the interior, Studio 819 utilizes low-flow plumbing fixtures to allow for a more responsible use of household water.

Additionally, Studio 819 focuses on the integration of environmentally-preferable products by using locally-sourced materials as well as recycled materials, which include recycled content carpet and/or natural flooring/linoleum. Lastly, the project was built to divert at least 75% of construction waste from landfills by recycling used materials such as wood, metal, drywall, and concrete.

Studio 819 is financed with 9% Low-Income Housing Tax Credits with financial support from the City of Mountain View, Wells Fargo Community Lending & Investment, and the California Community Reinvestment Corporation. The architect is KTGY Group, Inc. and the general contractor ROEM Builders, Inc.