Shinsei Gardens opens
The 39-unit apartment complex, which was built for low-income families and people with special needs, sits at the back of the Bayport housing tract, on Wilver “Willie” Stargell Avenue. The complex will be run by the veterans outfit Operation Dignity, which sued the city in 2005 for taking too darn long to break ground.
The complex, which was built by Resources for Community Development of Berkeley, is expected to earn a LEED Platinum Certification for a host of nifty green features that, according to an RCD press release, include:
(P)hotovoltaic systems for common area electrical loads; Energy Star appliances and lighting fixtures; radiant hydronic heating systems; over 90% construction waste diverted from landfills; recycled aggregate base rock; 50 percent fly-ash in concrete; sustainable flooring and recycled content carpet, linoleum and cork; formaldehyde free insulation; low or no-VOC paints and adhesives; 48 hour building flush outs prior to occupancy; drought tolerant landscaping; efficient irrigation and on-site storm water management; universally designed features throughout the development; education signage and green maintenance manuals for tenants and maintenance staff.
In addition to the apartments, the complex includes a large courtyard with children’s play equipment, an outdoor barbecue and seating area, a computer lab, a community room, two laundry rooms and secure bike storage, the press release said.
The complex will also offer a host of services to residents, including health, community building and information referrals; computer lab classes; and employment and jobs skills training, it said.
An earlier estimate put the anticipated cost of the project at $17 million.