ROEM Builds 200 Affordable Homes in San Jose

The new housing—which will include condominiums, apartments and attached townhomes—is located on the former Hitachi Global Storage Technologies campus.

Charlotte Park_Tot Lot_smSan Jose, Calif.—By month’s end, ROEM is expected to complete its development of 200 new affordable rental homes at the $46 million Charlotte Park Apartments in San Jose, Calif.

The units are 100 percent leased.

The new housing is located on the former Hitachi Global Storage Technologies campus, near the intersection of Cottle Road and Highway 85, within steps of the Blossom Hill Caltrain station and the Cottle and Santa Teresa light rail stations.

Charlotte Park is part of a 295-acre master-planned community to feature condominiums, apartments and attached townhomes. Also included in the development are numerous pocket parks and a 10-acre park with a baseball field.

ROEM Corporation satisfied most of the affordable housing requirements of the Hitachi master-planned community. ROEM Builders Inc., acted as general contractor and construction manager. The housing is affordable to families that earn 60 percent or less of the Santa Clara County Area Median Income.

Among the amenities of the four-story apartment building are a courtyard with large outdoor barbecue, dining area, tot lot and lounge area, community room with media alcove, kitchen and entertainment area, storage area, homework and computer room and laundry facilities.

Apartments feature Energy Star refrigerators and dishwashers, blinds, carpet, coat closets, and electrical four-burner stove-ovens. Charlotte Park will pursue USGBC LEED Gold certification. Both solar thermal heating and solar photovoltaic power sources are being installed, giving Charlotte Park the potential to save up to 85 percent on utility bills when compared to electric water heating. In keeping with LEED standards, all apartments have high-efficiency flush toilets and faucets as well as thermostatically-controlled “Evolve Roadrunner” shower heads. Charlotte Park also integrates efficient landscape design by using native species and zero turf on a lot designed to capture and treat all storm water.

“While inclusionary housing policies provide a major source of funding for affordable housing, they can significantly reduce a developer’s return and create long-term obligations,” said ROEM Corporation Executive Vice President Alex Sanchez. “Our market-rate developer partners recognize the benefits of having ROEM act as their third-party general contractor. We assume their affordable housing obligations and pay the in-lieu fees, while designing and building high-quality affordable housing that seamlessly blends with their market-rate housing.”

Sanchez added that 430 of the company’s more than 3,000 new affordable housing units completed since 2000 were built by ROEM for a market-rate developer.

“With Alliant’s investment of nearly $15 million, Charlotte Park Apartments will provide an additional 200 units of much-needed safe and affordable housing to the San Jose area,” Alliant Capital, Ltd.’s Brian Goldberg said. “We are proud to be a partner in the development of this property, and excited for the residents who will benefit from it for years to come.”

Construction and permanent financing were provided by Citi.