By carefully navigating a 100’ grade change that extends from the low end at a public right of way and the high end at the rear of an inverted L-shaped site, the timeless design for 803 Belmont Avenue blends seamlessly into its mixed density neighborhood. The development’s 125 units will serve low- and very low-income families and formerly homeless veterans. Located less than a mile from two CalTrain stations, it offers much-needed housing as an antidote to long commutes up and down the Peninsula.
The site’s odd shape and grade change posed site planning challenges for the main entry and parking, but the design solution brought community support and common spaces to the access point closest to the public right of way. The building itself will be terraced as it rises on the gradient, such that no portion of the project will rise above six floors and visually appears as three distinct segments. Residential amenities will include 6,500 square feet of outdoor recreation space, a club room, fitness center, computer room, and children’s playground.
Gold Nugget Merit Award – PCBC
Best On the Boards Affordable Housing Community