Oak Grove Wins Silicon Valley Structures’ Best Green Project

Silicon Valley Affordable Housing Developer, ROEM Development Corporation, Introduces Oak Grove Apartments to San Jose

Oak Grove Apartments embodies the best practices of new urbanism and smart growth by way of transforming the former Hitachi campus into high quality, environmentally-sensitive and amenity-rich housing for families in San Jose which achieved LEED Gold certification. As part of a 295-acre master-planned community, it represents a unique collaboration between private companies and nonprofit funding to develop a new affordable housing community that is indistinguishable from market-rate housing. and creative funding for much-needed housing in Silicon Valley.

Located Highway 85 and Cottle Road, Oak Grove is a new construction, affordable, multifamily apartment community on a 1.59-acre site. Oak Grove Apartments offers one and two-bedroom apartments affordable to families making 60 percent or less of the Santa Clara County Area Median Income. The former Hitachi Campus has been re-designed and transformed into a 295-acre, master-planned community that includes condominiums, apartments, attached townhomes, multiple pocket parks, and a large 10-acre park with a baseball field.

ROEM Development Corp. made a commitment to sustainable affordable Housing in 2000. LEED certification is the industries highest third-party verification standard for affordable housing Projects. Oak Grove Apartments achieved USGBC LEED Gold Certification, which exceeded ROEM’s initial design and budget targets.

ROEM Builders, Inc. have integrated sustainable building methods and materials into every phase of the construction process. The LEED Rating System verification process ensures the sustainable standards are met throughout design and construction. The system focuses on eight major categories. The Oak Grove project reduces overall water consumption through low-flow EPA Water Sense bath fixtures, Energy Star Appliances, automated drip irrigation, drought tolerant plants and zero turf. Low VOC paints, adhesives, and MERV Filters improve the occupants Indoor Air Quality. High-efficient LED lighting, Energy Star rated appliances and windows, cool-roof coatings, and a solar PV system significantly reduce the projects energy demand. Oak Grove Apartments is 19 percent above code.

Oak Grove allows families to succeed in life through reducing housing expenses and providing a variety of amenities and features that support the residents’ different dimensions. The community amenities include a large community room; a full-size community kitchen; a homework center with computers; a fitness room; laundry rooms; and an outdoor courtyard containing both active and passive spaces including an outdoor children’s play area. It also offers through its nonprofit service provider, a wide array of resident services, including computer classes, ESL classes, and resident events.

Oak Grove communities exemplify the positive impact that public and private organizations can have in local communities when they work together to provide quality, affordable housing for its residents. ROEM’s sustainable and affordable redevelopment remodel, leverages underutilized land to provide much needed affordable housing to our Silicon Valley communities. ROEM and its partners recently welcomed families at newly completed Oak Grove Apartments. It was able to satisfy the entire affordable housing requirement for the partner developer with ROEM Builders, Inc. acting as both general contractor and construction manager. The end result is high-quality affordable housing that seamlessly blends with market-rate housing.

ROEM is a family-owned firm provides sustainable affordable housing, master-plan development, construction, and property management throughout California. ROEM Builders, Inc. Construction team has completed 3,038 affordable housing units since 2000.

The ROEM Property Management team is adding Oak Grove Apartments to the scalable management efficiency of two other San Jose ROEM developments – Charlotte Park Apartments and Lexington Luxury Apartments.

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