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Creating and Building Affordable, Transit-Oriented Housing ROEM Development Corp. is partnering with public agencies and cities throughout California to create and build mixed-income, transit-oriented developments (TODs). These walkable “connected communities” – multi-story buildings often with shops on the ground floor and multi-family rental units or offices above – include affordable housing in neighborhoods where families can easily walk, bike or ride public transit to their jobs, schools and other services. Among its many benefits, the mixed-income TOD helps ensure that housing around public transit stays affordable for those who use it. On average, transportation is the second largest household expenditure after housing, according to the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development. Our daily commutes are a crushing problem and seriously impact our quality of life and regional economies. As fewer people can afford to live near job centers or suffer through their staggering commutes, it’s not uncommon for companies to announce they are moving out of state or out of the region.  TODs have become a particular focus of mass transit agencies, which are disposing of property and pushing to increase ridership, reduce commute time and turn the area around their stations into livable retail destinations. In Silicon Valley, the data to support the TOD initiative is pretty astounding. In 2010, Silicon Valley commuters logged 16.9 million vehicle miles per day; by 2014 that number had jumped 63% to 27.5 million daily vehicle miles. And we’re only going to keep adding cars: By 2030, Silicon Valley’s population is expected…

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Showing a major commitment to helping more families continue to live where they work, a public-private collaborative, led by the City of San Luis Obispo and ROEM Corporation, recently welcomed 43 low-income families to their new apartments at South Hills Crossing.

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ROEM is committed to creating wholesome, sustainable communities that are designed smarter and built better. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a certification program for buildings and communities that guide their design, construction, operations and maintenance toward sustainability. Recognized worldwide, it’s based on prerequisites and credits that a project meets to achieve a certification level: Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. LEED-certified buildings provide healthier living and work environments, use resources more efficiently, reduce material and solid waste, improve air and water quality, minimize a building’s impact on ecosystems, reduce carbon and greenhouse gasses, lower operating costs, and promote the use of sustainable materials. With a slightly higher initial up-front cost, LEED buildings offer multiple times the initial investment over the life cycle of the building, hold higher real estate values, higher occupancy rates, higher rents, higher sales prices, have less liability and default, have lower operational costs, and are considered lower investment risks (from the 2012 report, “Sustainable Industry Sector Retrospectives,” by the Institute for Environmental Entrepreneurship). Three ROEM developments featured in this newsletter – Charlotte Park Apartments (San Jose), South Hills Crossing (San Luis Obispo) and Metro Village (Baldwin Park) – recently achieved LEED-H Platinum Certification, the highest level of the LEED for Homes rating system. Since the inception of LEED-H in 2005, ROEM has achieved a total of 14 LEED-H certified buildings, with 7 Gold and 7 Platinum awards (all properties are in California). LEED-H Gold Certifications include: 1st and Rosemary Family, San Jose 1st and…

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By Justin Estrada, Development Associate, ROEM Development Corp In addition to designing and building housing from the ground up, ROEM employs similar complex financing strategies to acquire and rehabilitate existing properties in order to preserve, reenergize and expand a city’s affordable housing stock. This includes the acquisition of existing market-rate communities, which are rehabilitated and converted to affordable housing. An example of this reinvestment strategy is ROEM’s recent purchase and complete renovation of Delta View Apartments, an affordable development with 205 cottage-style units on 11 acres at 3915 Delta Fair Blvd. in Antioch. The $22 million sale and refinancing through tax exempt bonds and low-income housing tax credits enabled the property’s first major upgrade since it was built in the 1960s. Every unit received new cabinets, sinks, countertops, flooring, windows, doors, Energy Star appliances, faucets, fixtures and energy-efficient modern HVAC systems. ROEM added community space, increased the number of accessible units to 11, and upgraded the property’s security system. ROEM completed the entire rehabilitation within 10 months and provided residents with temporary housing when their unit was under construction. Delta View Apartments will remain affordable to low-income residents for another 55 years and at a wider range of affordability than prior to the acquisition: 182 units are designated for families earning 60 percent of Contra Costa County’s area median income (AMI) and 21 units are reserved for even deeper affordability at 50 percent AMI (two are manager units). All units have 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom. The property is fully…

At ROEM, we believe that in order to create sustainable communities, we must invest in them. That’s why we are proud to support local non-profits each year that are working to better our communities. This year, we partnered with the following charities: Work2Future Foundation $15,000 was donated towards the develop a diverse, strategic, and innovative workforce that meets the local and global demands and fosters economic development. This grant will go towards Work2Future’s goal to strengthen the economic base in San Jose and Santa Clara County by increasing employment opportunities and job retention for all residents. Sacred Heart Community Services of San Jose $5,100 was donated for the annual holiday frozen Turkey drive. This drive gave frozen turkeys and food boxes to families in need in San Jose so that they may enjoy a Thanksgiving meal. Over 4,200 holiday food boxes each with a turkey were distributed by Sacred Heart to needy families this year. Second Harvest Food Bank (SHFB) $5,000 was donated for the Stand Up For Kids program, a partnership with SHFB and various schools within San Jose and San Mateo, to give needy children access to healthy, nutritious meals at school, and more. ROEM employee also supported Second Harvest Food Bank through a canned food drive. All ROEM employees are participating in a canned food drive in the months of December and January to benefit the food pantry of Second Harvest. Bay Area Deputy Sheriffs’ Charitable Foundation (BADSCF) $2,500 was donated to support the BADSCF. BADSCF works…

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Evelyn Family Apartments, a $64 million affordable housing community by ROEM Development Corporation, broke ground in Mountain View, Calif.

Mixed-use 70-unit residential community for low-income families opens in Baldwin Park, CA BALDWIN PARK, Calif. – On Thursday, October 13, 2016, the City of Baldwin Park and ROEM Corporation celebrated the grand opening of Metro Village. Located at the northeast corner of Ramona Boulevard and Maine Avenue, Metro Village is a new construction, mixed-use, affordable multifamily apartment community on a 1.01-acre site. Metro Village offers one, two, and three-bedroom apartments affordable to families making 60 percent or less of the Los Angeles County Area Median Income and 5,500 square feet of commerce retail space. The grand opening celebration was held at Metro Village, which is located at 4428 East Ramona Blvd., Baldwin Park, CA 91706. “The Metro Village represents the beginning of a new era in the history of Baldwin Park,” said Mayor Lozano, City of Baldwin Park. “It, along with the Metrolink Station, will serve as the catalyst that will remake our downtown area into the vibrant and dynamic centerpiece to our City that we all envisioned it could be. The positive impacts of this project are already being felt, including the enticement of new businesses and developers seeking to establish other projects in this area. Metro Village will continue to propel this transformation and soon will serve as an example of what can be accomplished through focused long-term planning and collaboration.” This $27 million four-story community intertwines contemporary architecture with a solid foundation that further enhances the downtown scene. In addition, the new public plaza at the transit-oriented…

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South Hills Crossing’s 43 Affordable Multifamily Residential Units Open and Are Fully Leased SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. ― On Thursday, September 8, 2016, the City of San Luis Obispo celebrated the grand opening of South Hills Crossing, a new affordable apartment community by ROEM Corporation in partnership with the Housing Authority of the San Luis Obispo (HASLO). The grand opening celebration was held at 1:00 p.m. at 309 South Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401. “South Hills Crossing represents the coming together of the private sector, HASLO, the City and financial markets to really address one of our community’s top challenges – lack of affordable rental housing. I am excited to see this project come to fruition,” said Mayor Jan Howell Marx, City of San Luis Obispo. South Hills Crossing stands out as a shining example of how the community benefits when partners come together in the housing industry. Due in large part to the successful collaboration of the Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo (HASLO), City of San Luis Obispo, County of San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo County Housing Trust Fund, and ROEM Corporation, 43 families have moved into their new South Hills Crossing affordable apartments. In close proximity to restaurants, services, and entertainment downtown, South Hills Crossing brings permanent affordable housing to this beautiful California Central Coast community. “South Hills Crossing is an excellent example of what can be accomplished by the community working collaboratively. Together we have created a permanent affordable housing resource for San Luis…

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ROEM Corporation announced today the opening of its Oak Grove Apartments, a $34 million development in San Jose providing 134 units of permanently affordable housing. Oak Grove Apartments includes a number of ‘green’ features to ensure the development’s long-term energy-efficiency and sustainability.

By: Kevin McCallum, The Press Democrat ROEM Development Corp. of Santa Clara, one of five firms to express interest in the mixed-use housing project, is now the sole finalist left in negotiations with SMART. For more than a decade, the leaders of Sonoma County’s largest city have dreamed of transforming a cluster of vacant properties along the railroad tracks in downtown Santa Rosa into a vital new village filled with people opting for lower-impact urban living. Time after time, proposals to develop the western side of Railroad Square have fallen apart, victims of political infighting, neighborhood opposition and economic slumps. But the impending arrival of a $428 million regional rail system is breathing new life into efforts to create high-density housing around the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit platform in Railroad Square. Read the full article.

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