GlobeSt.com | May 8, 2020 by Lisa Brown
CUPERTINO, CA - Cupertino-based KT Urban received unanimous approval by the city of Cupertino Environmental Review Committee this month to move forward with Its plans for an enhanced senior and family living project, Westport Cupertino. The development exceeds the city of Cupertino's inclusionary BMR Housing Program with plans to offer more than 20% of the allowed units at affordable rates.
Located at 21267 Stevens Creek Blvd., the project will include 206 senior living units. Within that total, 48 units will offer affordable senior living and 27 memory care residences as well as 88 units of single-family homes (row homes and townhouses).
"Westport Cupertino provides a real opportunity for the city to address the challenges created by the recent housing crisis, while also meeting the needs of a segment of the population with unique housing requirements," said Mark Tersini, principal/senior vice president at KT Urban. "With a major shortage of senior housing in Cupertino, we're excited to deliver an affordable and high-quality option that allows people of all ages to live together as a community."
Amenities will include an onsite library, theater, lounge, restaurant, café, roof deck and terrace, medical offices, and exercise rooms, providing a range of activities and support for senior residents. The project will also include below-grade parking, electrical vehicle charging stations and bicycle parking.
As a means of integrating community outreach into the development process, KT Urban plans to engage with Cupertino residents to provide information and encourage feedback in upcoming months.
''People, including many Baby Boomers, continue to age and will need the types of services such as memory care that we intend to offer,'' Tersini tells GlobeSt.com. "The key is making sure we select a world-class operator who puts the safety of their residents first. A people-first approach is critical to the success of a well-balanced project and of utmost importance for our residents."
In the COVID era, materials, furnishings, layouts and accessibility will change in senior housing projects, says MBH Architects. This will include the integration of more technology in furniture. Using tools to virtually communicate will be vital, such as user-friendly screens on armchairs, which allow seniors to communicate information to the health and support staff remotely, GlobeSt.com learns.