SANTA ANA, CA (April 24, 2014) – Terraces at Santiago, built in Santa Ana by C&C Development Co., LLC and Orange Housing Development Corporation, was honored as the Project of the Year – Small Development at the presentation of the annual Affordable Housing Awards sponsored by the Orange County Community Housing Corporation (OCCHC), Affordable Housing Clearinghouse, and the Kennedy Commission.

OCCHC is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to transition extremely low-income families to greater self-sufficiency by assisting with housing and education. Affordable Housing Clearinghouse provides financing for affordable housing and homeownership. The Kennedy Commission is a collaborative of community members that advocates for the production of homes for Orange County families earning less than $20,000 annually.

Developed on a less than one-acre site, Terraces at Santiago is the first apartment community to be built under the City of Santa Ana’s new Station District Transit Zoning Code. The property is centered around the Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center (SARTC), a major hub of public transit within Orange County. Terraces is located in a mixed zoning area, with industrial users sharing property lines with the project to the North and the East. Appropriate site features were incorporated into the design to minimize the influence of the adjacent industrial uses.

Featuring Spanish/Santa Barbara architectural influences and, the community’s design was a collaboration between C&C Development, Orange Housing Development Corporation, the City of Santa Ana’s planning and housing staff, and Bassenian Lagoni Architects.

“With the community’s affordable rents, lower income residents can live closer to where they work, thus decreasing the need to commute by private vehicle,” said Todd Cottle, principal of C&C Development. Its 36 apartments are affordable to families who earn between 30 percent and 50 percent of the area median income (AMI).

The workforce housing property consists of a mix of two-, three-, and five-bedroom units and is built over subterranean parking. In addition, Terraces at Santiago features gated pedestrian and auto access, a tot lot, onsite laundry facilities, community room, leasing office, shaded courtyards, and raised planter beds.

With a LEED Gold certification, Terraces at Santiago was designed with a focus on reducing energy and water usage, controlling waste management, and reducing operating and maintenance expenses. Terraces’ design aims to reduce energy usage by exceeding California’s energy efficiency regulation, Title 24 by at least 15 percent, incorporating high efficacy lighting, energy star appliances, and the use of a photovoltaic system to offset common area electricity usage. Water usage is conserved and reduced by the use of low flow fixtures and toilets, high efficacy irrigation system, and storm water is aggressively managed with onsite filtration.