Merritt Crossing provides high-density, transit-oriented, affordable apartments and services for low-income seniors with incomes between 30 and 50 percent of the area median. Over half of the apartments are set aside for seniors who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness, living with HIV/AIDS, or challenged by mental illness.
The non-institutional design combines colorful siding and panels with plants growing on wire mesh screens to compliment the neighborhood's eclectic pan-Asian residential character.
The 70-unit building includes on-site supportive services, management offices, a community room, community kitchen, and a landscaped courtyard and garden. The building's innovative sustainable systems include both photoelectric power and solar water heating, storm water retention, filtered ventilation, rainscreen facades and recyclable metal framing.
U.S. Green Building Council, LEED Platinum
AIA National, Housing Award
AIA National, Design for Aging Review
AIA California Council, Merit Award
AIA California Council COTE, Top Ten Green Project
AIA East Bay Exceptional Residential, Honor Award
Bay-Friendly, GreenPoint and Energy Star Rated