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SummerHills Maravilla Community wins the ABAG Growing Smarter Together Award 2014

May 8, 2014 | Association of Bay Area Governments

Growing Smarter Together Awards 2014

ABAG’s Eighth Annual Growing Smarter Together Awards were presented during its Spring General Assembly to the cities of Redwood City, Walnut Creek, Campbell, Richmond, Fremont, South San Francisco, and Vallejo. The role of the cities’ public private partners was also recognized with representatives praised for their contributions. Maravilla was honored to be part of the team receiving this award.

Public Private Partnership Award: City of Campbell, Santa Clara Valley Water District, Summerhill Homes for Maravilla Development

This milestone planning effort and collaboration of the City of Campbell, Santa Clara Valley Water District, and Summerhill Homes was recognized with one of two awards for Public Private Partnership.  Recognizing the critical need for affordable housing in Campbell and the fact that many residents working in public and private jobs can’t afford to purchase a home in Silicon Valley, Campbell with the Santa Clara Valley Water District partnered to identify a parcel owned by the Water District that was underutilized and needed clean up.  Santa Clara Valley Water District welcomed the opportunity to upgrade and redesign the needed pumping stations located at the site and at the same time help produce affordable housing. Summerhill Homes collaborated with the City and the Water District during a challenging market to produce the well-designed Maravilla Town Development, consisting of 40 homes. The two different housing types offered included 16 single-family two-story detached homes at market rate, and 24 three-story attached homes that were affordable housing units.  The location at the corner of San Tomas and Campbell Avenue made this an outstanding workforce affordable housing development, close to downtown, close to jobs, and close to local businesses.

"The Maravilla project exemplifies the positive outcomes that are possible through a creative and collaborative spirit between the private and public sectors.  The Maravilla project was originally approved as a 40 unit affordable rental project by Charities Housing Group.  With the dissolution of local Redevelopment Agencies in 2011, the City of Campbell was left with ownership of this 2.9 acre parcel of land with no funding or developer able to implement the project.  With the leadership of Joe Head, SummerHill, City of Campbell and Charities Housing negotiated an agreement to kick-start the project with SummerHill providing the bank financing and guarantees as well as the construction of the homes.  The City and Charities Housing provided the expertise on qualifying and helping with the financing of the 26 affordable homes in the project.  The project also had a unique aspect of housing three separate pump houses owned and operated by the Santa Clara Valley Water District that needed to be preserved and carefully built around. 

The four entities worked together in a true collaborative manner through the remaining entitlements, construction, sale and marketing of these 40 homes and the end result is a wonderful new community in close proximity to Campbell’s vibrant downtown...We thank our partners, City of Campbell, the Santa Clara Valley Water District and Charities Housing.  Finally, our thanks and congratulations to the entire SummerHill team that made this project come to life" Said Katia Kamanger - Executive Vice President / Managing Director for SummerHill Housing Group

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