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The Cannery meets seniors’ needs

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From page A8 | November 12, 2013 | 1 Comment

It was with perplexed confusion that I read two editorial pieces in Sunday’s Davis Enterprise, insisting that The Cannery project include housing designs that seniors/disabled can use — specifically, small, single-story, detached homes. In fact both authors erroneously claim there are “none planned now” and ask “what is the rationale for leaving them out”?

Here are the facts:
* Single-story houses are available for purchase by seniors/disabled who 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.
* The developer also has committed to selling 30 parcels in the development to small builders/owner-builders, for those who wish to build a home to suit their specific needs.
* The developer will ensure universal design in all its homes through its Livable Design Program, e.g., stepless entries, multiple-height work surfaces, wider hallways/stairways, with other features available to add.
* 75 percent of the homes in The Cannery feature a bedroom on the first floor, a crucial universal design feature.
* The developer also has promised all staircases in two-story homes will be reinforced to allow for installation of a chair lift.
It is for these reasons that the Davis Senior Citizens Commission unanimously approved the following motion: “The project proposal is generally consistent with the guidelines for housing that serves seniors and persons with disabilities. 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 objectives of providing an inclusive multigenerational approach to residential development.”
It is also important to note:
* Universal design accommodates everyone.
* Senior housing guidelines, the city’s General Plan and SACOG principles encourage infill, which is antithetical to a 200-unit seniors-only enclave of single-story homes, which is what a few are clamoring for.
* Not all seniors want a single-story detached home, within a seniors-only enclave.
Threats to unseat City Council members who refuse to demand more small, single-story detached homes in The Cannery are unjustified.

Elaine Roberts Musser

Davis

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  • Rich RifkinNovember 12, 2013 - 11:06 am

    This is an important letter, Elaine. I think it clears up a lot of misinformation going around. I am sure that sincere folks, whose opposition to The Cannery is based on it "not meeting the needs of seniors," will find your letter heartening. However, I am not sure that all of those who are opposing this project on that basis are entirely sincere. Some of them--with a group called CHA-- appear to be motivated by their ties to a the proposed development at the next-door property (the former Covell Village site). ....... Personally, I am taking no position on the Cannery project. My only hope is that those who favor it or oppose, do so based on complete information and without hidden agendas.

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