In October, the City of Westminster celebrated the grand opening of Windsor Court and Stratford Place, a combined 86-unit intergenerational affordable housing community for seniors and families.
This development was made possible through a creative public-private partnership between the County of Orange, the City of Westminster, and the Related Companies of California, the developer of the project. The County of Orange originally owned the 3.07-acre vacant parcel of land, and approached Westminster to collaborate on building affordable housing on the site.
Centrally located adjacent to the Westminster Civic Center, the affordable rental community includes a community resource care center that serves both the family and senior populations. The design incorporates innovative architectural, planning and social design practices with a mix of senior-oriented flats, family town homes, and a unique site layout that is sensitive to the intergenerational nature and needs of the occupants.
The seniors have an outdoor courtyard/rose garden and interior community spaces (lounge, fitness center, TV/theater and crafts room). The family housing component includes a village green and tot-lot area, as well as a multi-purpose room with outdoor plaza/barbeque.
In addition, the "intergenerational center" provides a place for both seniors and families to interact, with computer lab, library mentoring and tutoring areas.
The complex is designed for low-, very low-, and extremely low-income households that earn between 30 and 60 percent of the Area Median Income. Windsor Court is a three-story complex for seniors, with 58 one- and two-bedroom flats. Stratford Place is a two-story design that offers a total of 28 three-bedroom town homes for families.
Windsor Court and Stratford Place: At a Glance
Total Project Cost: $14.5 million
Acreage/Density: 3.07 acres
Architect: The Withee Malcolm Partnership, Architects
Contractor: Portrait Homes, Inc.
Funding Sources: Low Income Housing Tax Credits, City of Westminster, County of
Orange, Conventional Permanent Loan, Federal Home Loan Bank AHP Program.