Cannery provides senior housing

By From page A10 | September 06, 2013

I read with great interest the Aug. 25 Davis Enterprise article “Senior housing at Cannery: Is there enough?” A concern is expressed there is not enough senior housing within the proposed Cannery project. CHA is proposing “carving out a block of parcels in the northeast corner of the development where a micro-neighborhood with smaller homes could be built for seniors… That’s all we’re asking for — single-story homes, with a livable design …”

When the CHA group came before the Davis Senior Citizens Commission, commissioners listened intently to concerns expressed, and weighed them carefully. Ultimately, commissioners unanimously passed the following motion, giving the Cannery developer a round of applause:

“The project proposal is generally consistent with the guidelines for housing that serves seniors and persons with disabilities — but we would like to see Unitrans and Yolobus make a loop within the neighborhood. The proposed livable design program and builder commitment is more than sufficient in meeting the goals of the city’s guidelines for universal access.

“The project’s location, configuration and amenities appropriately meet the city objective of providing an inclusive multigenerational approach to residential development.” All staircases will be reinforced to allow for installation of a chair lift.

* To create a senior enclave in the northeast corner of the Cannery project would place senior housing away from public transit/amenities, isolating seniors at the farthest reaches of the community, destroying the multigenerational character of the neighborhood, which is antithetical to the city’s senior housing guidelines, the city’s general plan, and SACOG principles.

* Single-family homes are available for purchase by seniors that want them, representing 25 percent of all homes in The Cannery. There are also stacked flats and two-story homes for those seniors who prefer a different style.

* Seventy-five percent of the homes feature a bedroom on the first floor, a crucial universal design feature.

City policy dictates infill, diverse styles, multigenerational housing, senior housing near transportation/amenities, encouraging universal design. How does a senior enclave of single-story homes in the northeast corner of The Cannery adhere to city policy?

Elaine Roberts Musser

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