by Mary Jo Bryan
Measure L is coming before the voters this November. A YES on Measure L will result in the construction of greatly needed senior housing, including smaller, single-story homes and 150 affordable senior apartments. The need is real. Currently, there are 441 seniors on an indefinite waiting list for affordable senior housing in Davis.
The opponents of Measure L have publicly attacked this Project asserting, amongst others, that it is discriminatory, will not provide the approved housing, is a financial detriment to the city, and is sprawl. The opposition’s dissemination of misinformation is aimed at stopping this development project. Please don’t let them. The West Davis Active Adult Community and Measure L will benefit Davis.
So, what then is WDAAC?
- Senior housing (for 55+) – single-story or single level, in a mix of styles and sizes, single family greenway homes, bungalows, condos, stacked flats and apartments from 600-1,800 sq ft, designed to meet the needs of an aging population
- Multi-generational housing—20% of the homes available for any age
- Affordable housing – nearly three times the required number of affordable units
- Memory care – an area for a specialized senior care facility
- Activity and Wellness Center – available to the public, including telemedicine facilities, gym, space for coffee, and a restaurant, intended to bring people together and foster social interaction
- Public parks and trails – small parks, a dog park and landscaped greenways are incorporated throughout. There are 2.6 miles of trails and walking paths. The Project site bordered by an agricultural buffer area that also includes trails to encourage residents and the community to get outside and walk, bike and play
- Bike connections – the Project provides a peripheral class 1 bike trail and dedicates a future landing site for a bike/ped bridge over Hwy 113 to complete the City’s peripheral trail
- Roadway improvements – the Project will improve the pedestrian experience on West Covell Blvd with vast landscaping, bike lanes and improved intersection design to make it easier to cross the street and get to the Davis Marketplace.
And what will WDAAC do for the City?
- Allows Davis to retain our valued and active aging citizenry
- Allows seniors to comfortably age-in-place in Davis
- Allows us to care for our loved ones in Davis
- Allows for desired downsizing and the correlated turnover of exiting housing
- Provides much needed housing of a type not otherwise available
- Implements an energy retrofit program for those existing homes sold to help improve environmental efficiencies
- Builds 150 affordable senior units (nearly triple the required number)
- Commits $1,000,000 towards the construction of a 50-meter pool
- Commits $250,000 in Public Art Grant funds
Why is the WDAAC location appropriate?
- Adjacent to Sutter Hospital
- Proximate to numerous healthcare providers
- Adjacent to University Retirement Center
- Less than 0.5 miles to the Marketplace
- On land with poor agricultural value, which will be mitigated 2:1
- On an existing bus route
- Sufficient in size to accommodate a viable senior project
And why is now the time?
- The number of seniors living in Davis is considerable and growing.
- The Project will provide housing that seniors need now.
- Affordable senior housing is greatly needed now, with hundreds on waiting lists.
The opponents of Measure L will undoubtedly attack several, if not all, of the statements made in this article. They will continue to bombard you right up until the election with misinformation. We sincerely ask that you not let those attacks cloud your judgement with respect to WDAAC and the needs of our senior citizens. We’ve taken care of students, now let’s take care of seniors.
The developer of WDAAC has spent his life in Davis. The developer of WDAAC is a Davis senior. The developer of WDAAC has children and grandchildren in Davis. The developer of WDAAC cares for this community and has brought this Project forward to provide something that the community is currently lacking: senior housing.
WDAAC is the right project for right now. VOTE YES ON MEASURE L.
Mary Jo Bryan is a 45 year Davis Resident, Advocate for Senior Housing, and Former Candidate for Davis City Council (Spring 2018)