By David M. Greenwald
Davis, CA – Normally the groundbreaking for a housing development is not really newsworthy. It is one of those events that politicians like to get photos at because it shows a concrete accomplishment.
But this week’s Bretton Woods groundbreaking ceremony is one of those unusual events because not only is it occurring during the heart of a pandemic, but it is the very first time that a Measure J project, approved by the voters, is about to be built.
Here are some of the comments from Dave Taormino, who was the project manager for the senior housing project:
In other Sacramento region cities – a groundbreaking ceremony for a residential development isn’t newsworthy or special – but this is Davis. Bretton Woods is the first voter approved single family neighborhood in 22 years. As the first, it needs to meet our community’s expectation and serve as the justification for more.
With the help of DeNova Homes, we will deliver to Davis residents what was promised. And, in doing so, others that follow can use it as a steppingstone to address the housing needs of our community. From the beginning, I was precise and specific in what was proposed to the voters and why. The site plan you see today is the one I showed the voters.
This neighborhood was designed to address the specific needs of the Baby Boomer generation as well as later generations. The concepts of aging gracefully in place, right sizing your home, a neighborhood plan that incorporates both positive physical and mental health amenities, designing caregiver suites that allow for a caregiver for you and your neighbors as well. And an oak forest as a remembrance for our first homeowners and residents. It was not easy to keep these features in-tack during the 6-year review process, but we did. Thank you, Dave & Trent Sanson, and Brad Durga, and all of the DeNova team for sharing the vision and making it a reality.
Bretton Woods represents the first side of a housing triangle. It emphasizes the concept of building a neighborhood to meet the specific needs of our community. Housing not just because a state government agency says so, new housing because it enhances the lives of our residents or those who ought to be welcomed members of our community. A village that will thrive in part because of its diversity and enhanced by housing choices.
The second side of the housing triangle is the proposed Palomino Place, designed for young Davis families, local employees, UCD faculty and staff, and first-time buyers. The third and final side of the triangle…well, you’ll just have to wait until it’s ready.
Thank you for sharing this happy, long overdue, event with us.