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365体育滚球West Davis Active Adult Community developer David Taormino, left, and senior-housing advocate Mary Jo Bryan check returns at a 2018 election-night party to back Measure L, the ballot measure that allowed WDAAC to move forward. Fred Gladdis/Enterprise file photo

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Developer ready to break ground on Measure L project

365体育滚球Developer David Taormino announced that by early summer the first shovels break ground on a new neighborhood primarily housing people 55 and older.

365体育滚球Formerly known as the West Davis Active Adult Community, Taormino renamed the community Bretton Woods in honor of the location of the economic conference held in 1944 to establish post-World War II monetary policies.

“We are changing the concept of a traditional senior neighborhood so that it complements the Davis ethos of strong community and active lifestyle,” said Taormino.

365体育滚球Bretton Woods, north of Covell Boulevard and just west of Sutter Davis Hospital, will ultimately become a community of 13 streets with 345 homes in a range of sizes, well as 150 affordable senior apartments. The self-contained neighborhood will have a health club, restaurant and office space. It will also have an assisted living and memory-care facility at the corner of Risling Court and Covell Boulevard.

365体育滚球Davis lacks such a neighborhood for independent aging in place. Local realtor Kim Eichorn is excited to see this neighborhood added to Davis. “The new subdivisions in recent decades are largely two-story homes, densely built and targeted towards young families. Bretton Woods will create resale homes in Davis, which allows more options for individuals and families who want to buy here or move to a larger house.”

‘Right-sizing’

As people age, they may no longer want or need the larger floorplan and yard of the house they bought to raise a family. Bretton Woods housing is based on the idea of the “right-sized” home for individuals and couples in a new phase of their life — space enough to live and entertain friends and family, but not more than residents can enjoy and maintain.

Taormino is working with award-winning homebuilder K. Hovnanian Homes on a range of one-story options from 1,160 square foot cottage-style duplexes to 1,200-1,400 square-foot bungalows to 1,400-to-1,800 square-foot detached homes. A selection of 51 custom home sites will be included in addition to the 150 affordable senior apartments.

Brian Foster with Cunningham Engineering is the project manager. “You have a wide range of product types to fit the variety of needs people have in housing at this phase,” Foster said. “There is a right size home for everyone interested in the neighborhood.”

Although Bretton Woods is geared towards active aging adults, 20 percent of the community will be available to those under 55.

A significant portion of Bretton Woods homes will be built along 45- to 60-foot wide shaded greenways. Houses will be oriented so that their front doors do not open on to the street like in a traditional neighborhood. Instead, the front doors will be located on the opposite end of the house and open on to the neighborhood’s greenways.

Intentionally moving the front door away from where people park their cars and towards the rear of the home will help residents connect with their neighbors.

365体育滚球“As people age, the likelihood of loneliness increases, and we want residents to have serendipitous opportunities to meet each other,” said Taormino about his inspiration for this new community.

Bretton Woods will have 2.6 miles of paths. The almost 1-mile exterior trail will meander along the north and west portions with arterials that run east and west throughout the neighborhood. Along the 1-mile art and poetry trail, residents and visitors will find 11 individual pieces of public art with adjacent shade and seating designed to compel people to stop, rest, congregate, enjoy a picnic or watch the sunset.

Signage will explain the meaning of each piece in the artist’s own words. Upwards of two-dozen poetry stops will be placed along the path reflecting different aspects of nature.

365体育滚球Both the health club and restaurant will be open to the public. The clubhouse will include meeting space for lectures and educational offerings. Residents will have access to state-of-the-art health club and a heated swimming pool. Eventually, this section of the neighborhood will house a restaurant with outdoor patio seating.

What’s next?

The groundbreaking later this year is the final step in a process that began long before voters approved Measure L in November 2018. Approval of this measure led to the annexation of the 75 acres into the city’s and set the project description and features.

365体育滚球That election followed 37 city commission and council meetings where elected and appointed officials along with the public reviewed the proposal neighborhood that compliments Davis and addresses an important unmet need — a dynamic neighborhood geared towards active adults who want to remain in Davis and age in place.

In the coming months, city advisory commissions will hold additional hearings to make additional comments to the Davis Planning Commission and Davis City Council. This spring the City Council will vote on the final neighborhood maps, lot borders and maintenance agreements. Once this process is complete, shovels will hit the ground and the land will be graded for construction.

“Building homes in Davis is quite arduous and slow, but the city’s Planning Department staff is working towards enacting a more efficient process that is intended to move projects like Bretton Woods more expeditiously,” Taormino said. “All this happens before shovels hit the ground and homes available to nearly 300 individuals and couples already committed to purchasing a home.”

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