The Orinda City Council wants to go ahead with a plan to build housing for low-income senior citizens. The planned housing will be located in the middle of downtown Orinda. By a unanimous vote (five to zero), the Orinda City Council last night (Tuesday, February 21, 2012) approved a motion “approving and authorizing the execution of a DDLA [Development, Disposition, and Loan Agreement] with Eden Housing Inc (Hayward, CA).”
The Eden project will be placed at 2 Irwin Way — across the street from the Orinda Safeway.
The project calls for 67 apartment units and 37(!) parking spaces.
The housing will be available to senior citizens with annual incomes between $18,000 and $31,000. No attempt will be made to determine the level of assets of possible residents.
The planned downtown housing may go as high as 70 feet. Current Orinda ordinances allow downtown buildings to be only 35 feet high.
The housing will have elevators but no emergency back up power system in case of a power outage such as one related to an earthquake.
Voting for the plan were city council members: Steve Glazer; Amy Worth; Dean Orr; Sue Severson; and Victoria Smith.