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Richmond Celebrates Rededication of City Center Apartments, New Service Partnership with SparkPoint


RICHMOND, CA, May 11, 2015—Nonprofits BRIDGE Housing and SparkPoint Contra Costa will celebrate a new partnership and the rededication of Richmond City Center Apartments today from 11 am to 1 pm at 1000 MacDonald Avenue, Richmond.

The program will begin at approximately 11:15 am, followed by a ribbon-cutting, refreshments and a tour of the Chevron Community Room.

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.

The renovation included the significant transformation of ground-floor commercial space into a much-needed community room for programs. 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.

This event is part of East Bay Housing Organizations' Affordable Housing Week.

“SparkPoint is a partner-based model,” said Betty Geishirt Cantrell, Director, 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.”

“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.”

Financing for the renovation construction was provided by US Bank, Raymond James, Richmond Housing Authority, California Department of Housing and Community Development, and the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee. 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.


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