First Community Housing is building 27 energy-efficient, 100% affordable, studio apartments on the El Camino in Mountain View. This project is designed to serve very low and extremely low-income (30-50% of the area median income) developmentally disabled adults, a population group with great need for affordable housing opportunities.
OJK Architecture and Planning, an award-winning architectural firm provides a beautiful design that will contribute to the vision of The Grand Boulevard Initiative. The Grand Boulevard Initiative is dedicated to revitalizing the El Camino corridor in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.
Building amenities include:
- On-Site Manager and Maintenance Staff
- Resident Coordination Services
- Free VTA Eco (Public Transportation) Passes
- Laundry Facility
- Community Room/Lounge
- Computer Lab
- Picnic Tables/BBQ
- Each unit wired for Internet access
- Energy-efficient windows
- Excellent local and regional transit access
1585 Studios is registered with the US Green Building Council and is projected to achieve LEED Platinum rating. The building’s focus is on healthy living, lower operating expenses and reducing automobile use.
Healthy living for our tenants starts by giving consideration to indoor air quality. Materials such as paints, finishes, adhesives, cabinets, carpets, resilient linoleum flooring that have of low volatile compound makeup and low off-gassing properties keep tenants and staff from breathing and absorbing toxic fumes that can otherwise cause potentially harm to their health. In addition, resilient flooring, carpeting last longer than the standard and none of these items is less durable than standard finishes.
Saving energy lowers operating expenses. This is achieved through insulation, water use, efficient plumbing and electrical fixtures. By having well-insulated and ventilated shell it reduces the amount of energy required to heat and cool the units and helps to improve indoor air quality. Lower energy use equals lower energy costs for the both common area and our tenants.