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Major progress on unique housing proposal

Uploaded: Apr 21, 2015
Great news this week from the Sunflower Hill organization that has been working to develop a community for adults with special needs. School districts provide lots of resources for developmentally delayed students and others with special needs, but there has been nothing once these people reach adulthood. The Sunflower Hill vision of a community specially designed for these people is rapidly moving ahead thanks to Mike Serpa of Concentric Development.
The plans for the old Irby diary and Zia properties on the south side of Stanley Boulevard include a 40-unit community for Sunflower Hill that is part of a larger plan. The group's goal is to provide life-long residential opportunities as well as social activities and vocational training in an atmosphere similar to senior living communities.
MidPen Housing, also the developer of the new Kottinger Gardens senior project, is the affordable housing partner with the Dahlin Group designing the project (also the designer on Kottinger Gardens).
The overall plan has been submitted to the city so it will now move through the development process.

Browsing through the Wall Street Journal's Mansion section, there was a chart accompanying a story headlined "Ritzy Zip Codes Call For Pricey Cars. (April 10 edition).
The upscale communities ranged from Manhattan to McLean, VA, to Highland Park in Dallas and Beverly Hills. The Bay Area listing was for Atherton.
There were seven zip codes listed and the manufacturers represented in the top three number of new registrations were Lexus, Mercedes Benz and BMW on most lists. The outliers were the Acura MDX from Microsoft territory in Lynwood, WA. a Land Rover Range Rover in New York City and an Audi Q5 in McLean.
Atherton had two Mercedes on the list, but there were twice as many Tesla Model S listed as the models of Mercedes combined.
Giving Atherton residents taxpayer funds for the electric car is crazy—they can afford it without the tax break from the feds and the $2,500 rebate from California. They already benefit enough from paying no gasoline tax.


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Posted by Nicole Dennis, a resident of Pleasanton Valley,
on Apr 22, 2015 at 8:22 pm

The Sunflower Hill's plan for an adult living community for adults with special needs is a great idea! I have been a Genetic Counselor for over 20 years and have worked with many families that struggle to find living options for their adults with special needs. Many adults with special needs want to live independantly and work. With a model like this these adults would be able to live semi independantly, receive ongoing training, get a job and be connected socially with others. A center like this would contribute greatly to our community.

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Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore,
on Apr 25, 2015 at 2:19 pm

This is one of the BEST STORIES I have ever read on this blog!

GRACIAS for caring for seniors! VIVA!

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