RCD has a successful track record of transforming former motels into thriving permanently affordable housing communities. One of RCD’s first developments was Erna P. Harris Court in 1995. Located on University Avenue in Berkeley, the development consisted of the acquisition and rehabilitation of the former Bel Air Motel, with a new construction component that included apartments and a new community room. The property provides 35 service-enriched apartments for low-income and formerly homeless households.
In 2013, RCD acquired and renovated a former motel in the city of Alameda. The Park Alameda was transformed from a blighted motel with no common amenities into a new, secure affordable housing community with a community room and open space. The apartments include built-in kitchen islands, Energy Star appliances and efficient hydronic heating, and residents benefit from on-site property management and resident services.
Most recently, RCD has been moving forward our Bell Street Gardens project in Fremont. Slated to start construction in late 2022, Bell Street Gardens will provide 128 new apartments through the renovation of an existing motel and an adjacent new construction building. These new homes will provide affordable apartments to low-income households including 32 households with special needs.