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$1.5 million granted to expand senior housing in Dixon

Sixty units in Dixon's Heritage Commons, an affordable project for senior citizens, are ready for applicants.The project is modeled after Eleanor Roosevelt Circle in Davis. Philip Clayton-Thompson/Courtesy photo

Sixty units in Dixon's Heritage Commons, an affordable project for senior citizens, are ready for applicants.The project is modeled after Eleanor Roosevelt Circle in Davis. Philip Clayton-Thompson/Courtesy photo

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Heritage Commons, a 60-unit senior housing community in Dixon, has been awarded a $1.5 million grant to construct 60 additional units of affordable housing. The project is modeled after Eleanor Roosevelt Circle in Davis.

The award, from the Affordable Housing Program of the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco, is the largest ever provided to any housing group in the greater Sacramento region. First Northern Bank of Dixon, an FHLB member, applied for the funding, bringing the total of FHLB grants received for this Dixon development to $2.5 million.

“First Northern Bank is proud to be a very active FHLB member,” said Louise Walker, president and chief executive officer, and a longtime Dixon resident. “For 103 years, this bank has been deeply committed to serving the people of Dixon. We are thrilled to have played a role in securing, and now expanding, this much-needed affordable housing. It is gratifying to be able to help our hometown seniors.”

The Dixon Heritage Commons is sponsored by Davis Senior Housing Communities Inc.

“When members of the Dixon City Council and senior leaders in Dixon visited Eleanor Roosevelt Circle in Davis, they asked us to do the same for Dixon,” said Bill Powell, president of Davis Senior Housing Communities. “Now, just weeks after opening Heritage Commons Phase 1, we received very good news that First Northern Bank was able to secure additional FHLB funds. What a boost for our efforts to serve seniors in both Yolo and Solano counties.”

The John Stewart Company and Neighborhood Partners are also general partners in Heritage Commons.

Heritage Commons is now accepting applications for the first phase of the development at 191 Heritage Lane. The affordable rental project includes a community store, raised planter beds and a therapy pool.

“Heritage Commons Phase 2 doubles the amount of available housing on the 5-acre senior campus,” said Luke Watkins of Neighborhood Partners. “It’s wonderful to have moved so quickly with the city of Dixon to achieve so many shared goals for local seniors.”

A community center in Phase 2 will provide an additional meeting room, kitchen and office. Phase 2 also will include additional raised planter beds, a community garden, a natural swale and a pond.

Nonprofit organizations also are invited to provide onsite services to Heritage Commons’ residents. For example, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute already offers 100 classes in Davis at ERC.

“We plan to have active programs for the more than 200 seniors we’ll be serving in our Yolo and Solano communities,” said David Thompson of Neighborhood Partners.

To download an application and learn more about Heritage Commons, visit www.npllc.org/blog or call Maria Claustro at 707-676-0426.

Enterprise staff

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