San Clemente, Calif.—Cotton’s Point Senior Apartments, an affordable seniors housing property in San Clemente, has been completed. The 76-unit project was a joint development by Meta Housing Corp. and Western Community Housing.
Previously the site sported an abandoned restaurant, and it had been considered blighted.
YM Architects designed a Spanish Colonial Revival-style structure to take the old building’s place, on a hillside near I-5 but also with views of the ocean and a nearby golf course.
According to Meta Housing project manager Tim Soule, the location, which is adjacent to a steep riparian ravine, posed a number of design and construction challenges. One was the fact that the property needed a low profile, so that it didn’t block neighbors’ ocean view. To deal with that, the structure was set deep into the hillside, including a subterranean parking structure.
Also, noise from the nearby freeway was a worry. The developers added a glass sound wall between the building and the road, along with sound-dampening windows, to deflect the traffic noise.
Common amenities include a community courtyard with two adjacent rooms that encourage interaction, along with fitness center, a tech room, putting green and barbeque grilling station. Residents of Cotton’s Point Senior Apartments have access to a variety of free classes and services that encourage life-long learning and wellness.
Financing for the project was a typically complicated matter. The City of San Clemente provided just over $3 million to the project, while Orange County contributed $1.65 million. The Mental Health Services Act provided $1.62 million; the State of California Multi-Housing Program provided $5.48 million; and the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco’s Affordable Housing Program provided $760,000.