SANTA ANA , CA – Terraces at Santiago, an affordable urban infill apartment community developed in Santa Ana, CA, by C&C Development Co., LLC, and Orange Housing Development Corporation, has been honored with the 2013 MFE Merit Award presented by Multifamily Executive magazine for the best design of a low-rise apartment project. Multifamily Executive is a national magazine published by Hanley Wood that provides news and business strategies for apartment and condo owners, managers, and developers.

Terraces at Santiago is the first apartment community to be built under the City of Santa Ana’s new Station District Transit Zoning Code, and its 36 apartments are affordable to families who earn between 30 percent and 50 percent of the area median income (AMI). Featuring Spanish/Santa Barbara architectural influences and currently seeking LEED Gold certification, the community’s design was a collaboration between C&C Development, City of Santa Ana’s planning and housing staff, C&C’s development partner Orange Housing Development Corporation, and Bassenian Lagoni Architects. National Equity Fund provided $7 million in low-income housing tax credits.

Developed on a one-acre site, Terraces at Santiago is centered around the Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center (SARTC), a major hub of public transit within Orange County. 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. The property 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.

“The Terraces at Santiago underscores the City of Santa Ana’s commitment to create quality workforce housing that is served by public transit to reduce traffic congestion, promote smart growth, and help improve our environment ,” said Santa Ana Councilwoman Michele Martinez. “This LEED Gold, urban infill community is the newest affordable housing project developed as part of the city’s Transit Zoning Code, the goal of which is to rebuild and revitalize Santa Ana’s urban and industrial core centered around the Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center. As a recipient of this year’s prestigious MFE Award, Terraces at Santiago sets the design benchmark for future residential projects.”

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

The community was designed with a focus on reducing energy and water usage, controlling waste management, and reducing operating and maintenance expenses, said Todd Cottle, principal of C&C Development. With its design for LEED Gold certification, Terraces 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.

Terraces at Santiago was also recently honored with a prominent Gold Nugget Award for Best Residential Project of the Year presented annually at the Pacific Coast Builders Conference and has been selected as a finalist by the Greater Sales & Marketing Council of Southern California for Best Architectural Design of a Multi-Family Community.