BRIDGE Housing and SparkPoint Contra Costa celebrated their new partnership this week with the rededication of Richmond City Center Apartments at 1000 MacDonald Ave.
The event, part of East Bay Housing Organizations’ Affordable Housing Week, included a tour of a new much-needed community room.
Through the new partnership with SparkPoint Contra Costa, residents and community members can now come to the Chevron Community Room to connect to an array of services to help them build financially secure futures, along with health access and support around basic needs.
“SparkPoint is a partner-based model,” said Betty Geishirt Cantrell, director of SparkPoint Contra Costa. “We are so excited to now add BRIDGE Housing to our list of partners to be better able to serve the residents of the Richmond City Center Apartments and the Richmond community.”
Richmond City Center, which offers 64 affordable apartments for families with low incomes, was originally completed in 1993. Original design constraints limited the creation of adequate community space for classes and services.
Owner and property manager BRIDGE Housing embarked on a 14-month, $10.5 million renovation that resulted in increased energy efficiency, upgrades and repairs to interiors of apartments and exterior building systems.
“We’re thrilled to leverage a significant physical rehab into a true community development,” said Cynthia Parker, President and CEO of BRIDGE Housing. “We have always believed that an affordable home should be a place for stability and a stepping stone for advancement, and SparkPoint is an ideal partner for us in Richmond.”
US BANK, Raymond James, Richmond Housing Authority, California Department of Housing and Community Development, and the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee provided financing for the renovation construction. The renovation architect was McGinnis Chen Associates, and the general contractor was R.E. West Construction, Inc.
For more information about BRIDGE Housing, visit www.bridgehousing.com.