This new mixed-income housing complex comes with its own farm

On a busy avenue within the suburban Silicon Valley city of Santa Clara, sitting subsequent to a strip mall and throughout from bigger purchasing facilities, a new mixed-income housing complex will come with an uncommon amenity: its own working farm.

“Not solely are we offering a very distinctive dwelling expertise for the residents that stay on the property, however we’re additionally taking a really deliberate method to encouraging the well being and wellness of our residents by incorporating the farm, hopefully, into their each day and weekly life,” says Vince Cantore, vice chairman of improvement with the Core Firms, the developer main the mission, known as Agrihood.

The event, funded partly by an inexpensive housing bond handed within the county, will present 165 residences for low-income seniors and veterans, 160 market-rate items with 10% reserved for folks with average incomes, and 36 townhomes, all subsequent to the 1.5-acre farm that may develop as much as 20,000 kilos of produce annually. Farmscape, an city farming firm based mostly in Oakland, will handle the farm and convey the organically-grown, hyper-local produce to a location on the location every week for residents to purchase at a deep low cost. Some residents within the inexpensive housing complex will even have entry to group backyard plots.


The inspiration got here partly from Santa Clara’s historical past: A century in the past, a lot of town was coated in orchards. The location the place Agrihood is now being constructed was beforehand an indication farm; extra lately, the land was vacant. The town, which owned the land and nonetheless acts as a landlord for the inexpensive portion of the event, imposed a requirement for open house. Whereas some bigger developments with single-family properties are additionally starting to incorporate farms, Agrihood is uncommon due to its city setting. “It’s simply an extremely dense website,” Cantore says. “It’s 5.8 acres, and now we have 365 items, and a farm house, and a restaurant house, and a group room house, and a shed house.”

The event can also be considerably uncommon in its variety; as a substitute of senior housing sitting alone, or inexpensive housing alone, it’s designed to be a mixture of generations and incomes. As a result of the location is surrounded by retail shops, residents may also run most errands on foot.

The new housing is vital for the Bay Space, the place there’s an estimated scarcity of 160,000 affordable housing units. Cantore says he needs to see the event replicated. “This is a mission that’s going to go a protracted technique to serving to to satisfy the wants of seniors and senior veterans,” he says. “However there’s so many seniors on fastened incomes which have housing wants that, sadly, it simply gained’t be capable to be met by one particular person mission alone.”