R.D. Olson breaks ground on 95-unit Riverside seniors project

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General contractor R.D. Olson Construction says it has broken ground on a 95-unit affordable senior housing community in Riverside.

DE Architects has designed the project for the developer, A Community of Friends.

The development at 2340 14th St. will target low-income senior citizens with half of the units set aside for seniors who are homeless and living with mental illness. The ground-up construction and is expected to complete summer 2023, the contractor says in a Feb. 6 statement.

The 131,987 sq. ft. property will be comprised of two four-story buildings. The proposed 81,896 sq. ft. total floor area includes 95 units consisting of 82 one-bedroom and 13 two-bedroom apartments with community space, residential utility space and a ground floor entry with an office. Additional amenities will include a bocce court, barbeques, an outdoor space for small events, community room, fitness center, computer room, conference room and parking. The buildings will join into one with open breezeways and pitched roofs.

“With our vast experience building senior and affordable housing projects, R.D. Olson Construction is primed to continue fortifying the sector by delivering a critical asset to the budding downtown Riverside area,” said R.D. Olson president Bill Wilhelm. “Oasis Senior Villas will serve as a respite for the senior residents, providing a safe and cost-efficient space to live.”

The contractor says the project will pursue LEED Gold Certification. Sustainable features include solar panels and efficient hot water distribution.

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