Part of the Jack Kemp Award-winning Emerald Vista mixed-income master plan, Carlow Court is a senior affordable apartment development that integrates its senior residents with the surrounding family-oriented communities. Operator Eden Housing pairs independent-living accommodations with resident services and activities to maintain seniors’ self-sufficiency and promote aging in place.
The building’s scale provides a key landmark at the master plan’s center. Carlow Court’s front porch and façade anchor the axial vista of the primary site entrance, and its angled façade relates to Mariposa Circle and the arc of existing mature redwoods. Together with a secondary wing, the V-shaped building frames a sunny, internal garden with outdoor seating, a barbeque and raised planter beds for resident vegetable gardens. To place senior residents at the hub of activity and promote intergenerational connections, Carlow Court is flanked by Emerald Vista’s child care center and the family community center.
A comprehensive sustainability program, achieving 120 points in the Green Point system, takes into account Dublin’s 260+ annual sunny days and hot summers. Rooftop solar panels augment domestic hot water and photovoltaics provide electricity for the corridors and common areas. Even on hot days, most apartments are comfortable without air conditioning since residents switch on their ceiling fans, and heat gain is tempered by effectively-placed exterior sun shades. Homes are equipped with energy-efficient appliances, and landscaping is irrigated with recycled water.
Funding sources: Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Program; Housing Authority; City of Dublin