Jack Kemp Excellence in Affordable and Workforce Housing Awards 2017 Finalist: Perris Station Senior Apartment Homes

Located in the heart of Perris, California’s Historic District, Perris Station Senior Apartment Homes was conceived with the needs of independent, low-income seniors in mind. With a senior population of approximately 10,000 and a median annual household income for seniors of less than $35,000, the City of Perris had the goal of adding much needed, high quality, sustainable housing that would be affordable for low/moderate income seniors. It also wanted to provide space for retail/office uses, while resolving any surrounding neighbors’ concerns regarding noise, traffic and congestion.

Highridge Costa met those goals by successfully replacing a dilapidated former service station/mechanics garage that for years had been a local eyesore in Perris with the award-winning Perris Station senior apartment community.

Perris Station is a $28 million, three-story, 84-unit development built on 1.3 acres that includes a 16,000 SF courtyard on the second story and 9,300 SF of retail and office space facing the street. Perris Station was purposefully designed to seamlessly integrate health and wellness through a variety of amenities and features that support residents’ different dimensions — physical, social, spiritual, emotional, intellectual, vocational and environmental wellness — all the while including the latest in sustainable strategies and technology to reduce residents’ utility costs, including LEED Gold and Universal Design.

The development, which was the first affordable senior apartment community ever to be built in the century-old city, helped spur commerce/economic activity while serving as an anchor and gateway to the city’s Historic Downtown Corridor, and ties into a site plan with an adjacent senior center and multimodal transit center.

Upon completion, Perris Station has breathed new life into the City’s blighted gateway and now serves as a nationwide model for developers to help cities meet their affordable senior housing needs.

Location: Perris, CA
Developer: Highridge Costa Housing Partners, LLC
Owner: Perris Housing Investors, L.P.
TELACU Homes, Inc. (Managing General Partner); HCHP Affordable Multi-Family, LLC (Administrative General Partner); Aegon USA (Investor Limited Partner)

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