BURLINGAME, CA, November 19, 2019 – Last night the Peninsula Health Care District (PHCD) Board of Directors unanimously approved a concept plan for the Peninsula Wellness Community (PWC) to be developed on 6.42 acres of land that PHCD owns in Burlingame.
The PWC will be a vibrant, intergenerational, mixed-use and mixed-income community designed to improve the health and wellness of its residents, foster neighborhood connection, and serve the greater public through extensive community benefits, including much needed affordable housing.
The plan calls for a total of 477 homes for seniors, of which 184 (39%) will be affordable to seniors in extremely low-income, low-income and moderate-income brackets. The original proposal called for only 10% of the housing to be affordable and this updated concept proposal is a direct response to strong feedback from public officials, community leaders and district residents who expressed a strong desire for more affordable housing to be part of the plan.
“We listened and responded with a significantly revised plan that meets both the District’s mission and delivers immense public benefit,” said Lawrence Cappel, Board Chair of the Peninsula Health Care District. “Combining healthcare and housing in an innovative, services-enriched community aligns with our long-held vision for the District where all residents enjoy their optimal health and access to quality care.”
Located in a prime site adjacent to the Mills Peninsula Medical Center, the PWC concept includes a 100,000 square foot Center for Community Health which will be a multi-purpose hub with many community-serving amenities. The final plan will be informed by additional community feedback but will likely include some of the following: art studios, urban community gardens, medical offices, cafes, a health club, a library, open spaces for gathering, and meeting rooms. These amenities will be available to all PWC residents, their families, and the community at large. While residents of the PWC will be older adults, the community will be a hub that attracts people of all ages and intergenerational activities will be woven into onsite programs and services. The vision supports community-centric healthy aging.
MidPen Housing has joined the development team and played an active role in creating the new concept plan. MidPen is one of the nation’s leading non-profit developers, owners, and managers of affordable housing with deep roots in San Mateo County where they’re headquartered.
“This site, location and concept will be a phenomenal place for our residents to live and we’re excited to be a part of it,” said Matthew O. Franklin, President and CEO of MidPen Housing. “It’s an honor to have been selected to work with such high caliber partners on this visionary community.”
MidPen joins two developer partners who have been working with the District since 2017: PMB, a leading real estate developer and owner focused exclusively in health care, and Generations, an innovative developer, manager, and service provider for senior living communities. PMB, Generations and the District have engaged a broad range of stakeholders to help inform and shape the planning of the PWC.
“The vision for the community is one that blends community connectivity and innovative health partnerships into a healthy aging community. MidPen is a leader in innovative health and housing partnerships and is perfectly aligned with the vision of the community. ,” said Jake Rohe, Partner at PMB. “We’re excited to partner with MidPen to develop a mixed-income, wellness-focused community.”
“After years of envisioning and planning, we’re excited to have landed on a concept that enhances our original vision and makes it better,” said Chip Gabriel, President of Generations. “The plan we shared today is a testimony to what can be accomplished when passionate, committed people and organizations listen to and learn from one another to create something extraordinary! We hope it might serve as a model for future public / private collaborations.”
Over the coming months, the PWC development team will be conducting extensive community outreach which will include several open houses to solicit continued community feedback. Members of the public are encouraged to attend.
About Peninsula Health Care District
Founded in 1947, the Peninsula Health Care District serves the communities of San Bruno, Millbrae, Burlingame, Hillsborough, San Mateo and Foster City by supporting the unique health and wellness priorities of our vibrant Peninsula communities, and safeguarding access to health care services, today and in the future. PHCD fulfills its commitment to the community through oversight of District assets and infrastructure, planning for future health care needs, and investing taxpayer dollars in local health-focused organizations and programs.
PMB’s mission is to improve healthcare delivery, effect change and positively impact communities. As a healthcare real estate developer focused on the continuum of care, PMB can provide the infrastructure to cure disease, heal families and empower the greatest minds in the industry. Healthcare is in our DNA. Our company is 100 percent focused on healthcare real estate across the continuum of care – from community-centric health and wellness to health-focused seniors housing, outpatient, inpatient and post-acute care. PMB has developed over 100 facilities to date representing approximately 5.5 million square feet. The firm owns and manages 66 medical facilities comprising over 4.2 million square feet.
Generations is a family owned senior housing operator, owner, and developer serving seniors and their families since 1943. Our mission of enhancing lives and celebrating excitement living is exhibited in the innovative designs, programs, and services that is cherished at all our communities. Generations has owned and operated over 4,000 units of senior housing throughout the West. The company is based in Portland, Oregon and currently operates communities in Oregon, Washington, Utah, California, and Colorado. We are a family serving families.
About MidPen Housing Corporation
It is the mission of MidPen Housing to provide safe, affordable housing of high quality to those in need; to establish stability and opportunity in the lives of residents; and to foster diverse communities that allow people from all ethnic, social, and economic backgrounds to live in dignity, harmony and mutual respect. Since 1970, MidPen has developed and professionally managed over 8,000 homes for low-income families, seniors and those with special needs. With offices in Foster City, Oakland, Santa Rosa and Watsonville, MidPen works in 11 Northern California counties.