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Jamboree Housing Corp. cuts ribbon on Claremont apartments

The Irvine-based affordable housing developer opens its newest community

by Caitlin AdamsPublished: March 06, 2012 02:15 PM

Jamboree Housing Corporation is hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony this afternoon at its newest development, Courier Place Apartment Homes in Claremont. The new community is a first for the affordable housing developer, both in terms of its sustainable design and construction and its multigenerational approach.

“I believe Courier Place initiates a new age of housing that is sustainable, affordable and multigenerational,” said Laura Archuleta, Jamboree’s president. “We salute the City of Claremont and all of our partners for helping to bring Courier Place to reality.”

Claremont Mayor Sam Pedroza said he anticipated being able to make the new community an example

“I look forward to showcasing Courier Place to other cities as a model of what can be done when working with an involved, thoughtful community and an experienced developer,” Pedroza said.

The new community complements a number of recent city improvements, including the Claremont Village Expansion, adjoining the downtown area, where a former industrial tract has been revamped into a new shopping and entertainment district.

Located at 111 South College Boulevard, the new Courier Place community is near the Claremont Transportation Center and a short walk from downtown Claremont Village and Claremont Colleges. Local schools include Oakmont Elementary, El Roble Junior High and Claremont High School. As an affordable housing property, Courier Place will be home to families and seniors whose income amounts to between 30 and 50 percent of the Area Median Income.

“Jamboree is an outstanding partner and went the extra mile in reaching out to our residents – a very active citizenry – listening intently to and aligning with the priorities of city staff and residents,” Claremont City Manager Tony Ramos explains. “The company is very responsive. Jamboree came to the city with the right project in the right place, and with a commitment to get the job done. We are very pleased with the result.”

The property takes its name from its location, a 3.4-acre lot that was previously home to the Claremont Courier newspaper. The semi-weekly journal has reported on the community for more than fifty years, and continues to publish, in print and online, from its new location in the city.

The property is designed as a multigenerational community, with apartments for both families and seniors. Two buildings accommodate a total of 36 two- and three-bedroom apartments for families, while the seniors’ building comprises 38 one-bedroom apartments with an elevator, patio deck and two-story recreation space. The property also features a community clubhouse with offices and multipurpose room with kitchen and computer lab, laundry facilities, patio dining area with barbecues and a swimming pool.

“Although multigenerational housing is not a new idea, it is only recently that we have started to see these projects become more popular in California and only a few have been affordable,” said Michael Massie, Jamboree’s housing development director. “We are pleased to be the developer that introduces this concept to the City of Claremont and its residents.”

The community is Jamboree’s first project in the city of Claremont, and is also the developer’s first property to be designed and built to meet the standards of LEED Homes Platinum certification (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design). The units feature improved water efficiency, increased insulation, and energy-efficient lighting and ENERGY STAR appliances. Designed by Santa Ana-based William Hezmalhalch Architects Inc, the property was built by The Advent Companies of Mission Viejo and will be managed by The John Stewart Company.

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