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Renner Johnston mentors ULI Sacramento Young Leaders Group
Principal Renner Johnston was one of the featured mentors at the recently concluded ULI Sacramento Young Leaders Group (YLG) Forum. The YLG Forums feature groups of 10-15 young professionals from different niches of the real estate planning and development field who meet monthly January through June with a group mentor to share and learn about land use, real estate development, and our local community. The mission of the YLG is to increase the involvement and influence of young real estate professionals in the Sacramento region and to develop programs and opportunities for the industry’s future leaders. Open to members age 35 and under, this is a great program to develop skills and build relationships.
West Apartments is well underway
The West Apartments complex is under construction in West Sacramento’s Bridge District, on the Sacramento River. The five-story, mixed-use complex has 287 residences and takes full advantage of the significant views overlooking the river, Tower Bridge, Sutter Health Park, and Downtown Sacramento. Ground floor retail on Riverfront Street provides 8,000 square feet of active street frontage facing the Rivercats Baseball Stadium. Check out the drone footage of the construction project from a recent Sacramento Bee article here.
Mogavero Architects Welcomes New Leadership
Mogavero Architects is thrilled to announce the expansion of ourleadership team. Cesar Medina, AIA and Cecilia Chouhy, Associate AIA are new Owner/Principals. For more than 15 years, Cesar and Ceciliahave each earned the respect and admiration of their colleagues bydemonstrating extraordinary leadership and excellent design. Theirculturally and geographically diverse perspectives enrich the practice.They represent the beginning of our next generation of leadership andwe can’t wait to see where they take us! Here’s a bit more about Cesar and Cecilia: Cesar A. Medina, AIAPrincipalAfter 15 years with Mogavero Architects, Cesar has been elevated toPrincipal. With over 25 years of combined experience in residentialarchitecture and design, Cesar has delivered exceptional housingprojects throughout Northern California, including student housing atUC Davis, Sacramento State, and University of the Pacific. Originallyfrom Mexico, Cesar has a high design sensibility that mergesinnovation, functionality, and empathy for the residents who callMogavero projects “home.” A few of Cesar’s most meaningful projects:City View at Van NessCapitol YardsUC Davis Tercero 4 Student HousingWEST Apartments Cecilia Chouhy, Associate AIAPrincipalCecilia Chouhy was promoted to “Principal” at Mogavero Architects.With over 15 years of experience in affordable and mixed-useresidential architecture, Cecilia is focused on design excellence,bringing new ideas and fresh perspectives to the firm’s housingprojects. Originally from Uruguay, she has become an integral part ofMogavero’s leadership, where she mentors junior staff and overseesthe Project Management Forum and the Building Information Modeling(BIM) Committees. A few of Cecilia’s notable projects:Mogavero Architects Office BuildingLavender CourtyardNorth Creek Crossing at Meriam ParkMaple Park
Happy Veterans Day! Celebrating Mather Veterans Village
To commemorate Veterans Day, we are honored to announce the official grand opening of Mather Veterans Village, the long-awaited and multi-phase project with Mercy Housing California, Nation’s Finest, and the City of Rancho Cordova. On Tuesday, October 12th 2021, a decade-long endeavor to create affordable veterans housing came to fruition. Mogavero Architects was fortunate enough to join members from the development teams, City officials, and current and future residents of the project at the dedication ceremony for all three phases of Mather Veterans Village. Utilizing a portion of the former Mather Air Force Base site, 100 permanent supportive homes and 47 units of transitional housing were constructed with the intention of housing low-income and unhoused veterans in the Greater Sacramento area. Then known as the Mills Field base, the United States Army Aviation Section opened Mather in February of 1918. The site was later expanded upon and served vital importance in the training and housing of Air Force and Army members in World War II and the Cold War. In 1993, the nearly 6-acre site and its facilities were decommissioned for closure and sat largely abandoned for the subsequent years. As of 2020, California alone accounted for over 30% of veterans experiencing homelessness in the United States. With 93,000 total veterans residing in the Sacramento region, the former Mather Field base offered a unique, vital opportunity to address the crucial housing and care of our veterans. A cross-sector, collaborative partnership between the City of Rancho Cordova, Mercy Housing, and Nation’s Finest began to take shape in the early stages of planning. Mogavero Architects was engaged for participation in the project in 2010 and dedicated our design energy to creating a space that would provide security, comfort, support, and community for future residents. In addition to the permanent and temporary housing, the completed Mather Veterans Village project features on-site counseling and healthcare service facilities, communal kitchen and dining services, an ample courtyard, and a repurposed Military Infirmary building to create a multipurpose community space. The project exceeds California’s Energy code by 25% and utilizes green building features such as greywater recycling, solar thermal arrays, natural ventilation, and drought-friendly landscaping. Many of the project’s residences are reserved for veterans coming directly out of homelessness and veterans with physical or mental disabilities. The Mather Field site is just two blocks from Rancho Cordova’s VA Medical Center, which provides support to these residents including medical services and counseling. With Sacramento hosting California’s second-highest unhoused veteran population, the redevelopment of the Mather Air Force Base into a revived residential community was a task of the utmost importance. After over 100 years of history, Mather Field is a home to our finest once again. Happy Veterans Day from Mogavero Architects, and thank you to all who have and will serve. Resources from: https://www.afcec.af.mil/Home/BRAC/Mather/History/ https://www.militarytimes.com/news/pentagon-congress/2021/03/18/the-number-of-veterans-experiencing-homelessness-rose-slightly-even-before-the-coronavirus-pandemic/ https://www.cityofranchocordova.org/Home/Components/News/News/4282/19 Photography courtesy of John Swain.
Meadow View Place at Schaffer’s Mill in Truckee
Meadow View Place at Schaffer’s Mill is a new affordable housing development that will soon be open to 56 families in Truckee, CA. Neighborhood Partners, LCC. is behind this project, which will offer a site layout that blends seamlessly with the natural beauty of the surrounding tree-filled Sierra Nevada landscape. The residences, consisting of one-, two-, and three-bedroom units, are designed to take advantage of the climate by providing cross ventilation. Strong emphasis is placed on energy efficiency and use of natural daylight. Stormwater and snow melt will be addressed with on- and off-site bio-retention areas. The landscaping is complimentary with the local vernacular. The buildings will have rooftop solar panels to achieve zero-net-energy usage and help fulfill the projects commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. To learn more about this project or apply to the waiting list, check out the Mountain Housing Council’s website here.
Cashin’s Field Project Underway in Nevada City
Cashin’s Field at 170 Ridge Road in Nevada City is underway! This project will transform an empty 4.6-acre lot into 51 units of affordable multifamily housing accompanied by two playgrounds, a central courtyard green, native landscaping, and picnic areas. Cashin’s Field, a Central California Housing Corporation development, broke ground in June of 2021 and is set to be resident-ready by winter of 2022. The site will retain as much of the original native plant life as possible and seeks to incorporate the unique landscaping of the Northern California foothills into the community. Check out this video of the site, courtesy of the project’s general contractor, Sunseri Associates:
Solivita Commons – New Affordable Housing in Clovis
On June 29th, 2021, Fresno Housing celebrated the grand opening of their newest multifamily development: a 60-unit affordable housing complex called Solivita Commons in Clovis, California. The ribbon cutting ceremony marked a pivotal moment for Fresno County and the City of Clovis, which was deemed in a 2020 court decision to be out of compliance with state-mandated affordable housing quotas. Solivita Commons brings 60 new families to the area in a mix of one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments, all reserved for households making 30-80% of the area median income. Amenities of Solivita Commons include a community clubhouse, onsite laundry, covered parking, fitness center, and children’s play area. Units are furnished with energy-efficient appliances and each have their own patio or balcony. As of opening day, all 60 units were fully leased. Residents will have access to the area’s many assets including highly-rated public schools, shopping, parks, and higher education. We are proud to have contributed to this project and honored to watch this community come to life and serve its residents for years to come! To learn more about Solivita Commons or to join the interest list, visit their web page here.
Grand Opening of Self-Help Enterprise’s STONEGATE VILLAGE
Self-Help Enterprises has unveiled this beautifully produced Grand Opening video for the Stonegate Village project in Patterson, CA. What an honor it has been to help bring this much needed 138-unit affordable workforce housing project to one of the agricultural hubs of the world. Stonegate Village Grand Opening from Self-Help Enterprises on Vimeo. The common green at the center of the project includes a 2,500 sf community building with a large multipurpose room, a shared kitchen, computer room, laundromat and management offices. The outdoor spaces include a full sized basketball court, children’s play area and a large lawn for outdoor activities. Like the common areas, the residences are primarily solar powered with hundreds of PV panels incorporated onto the roof. The buildings are certified Green Point Rated which requires that they are at least 10% more efficient than California’s strict energy code. All residences have balconies or patios, full kitchen and baths, and laundry hook ups. Half of all residences are accessible or adaptable. Huge kudos to all involved in making this project happen and, most importantly, to the residents that will bring life to this new community!
Main Street Plaza in Old Town Roseville is Nearly Complete!
Check out this beautiful footage courtesy of Creekside Builders & Toolbox Video Services of the newest addition to Old Roseville’s Main Street. This project has 65 units made up of 1, 2 and 3-bedroom floor plans and will be the home for low-income families, veterans and folks with special needs. Meta Housing is furnishing 35 units to equip households coming directly from homelessness. Residents are already moving in and it’s anticipated that all units will be leased by the end of February 2021.