Shillman House set forth to create an affordable senior living community to offer residents extensive, yet flexible, programming. The site for the development sat at the edge of a Village Center with other multi-family developments and a single family neighborhood. The scale was a concern to both the developer and the existing community.
The resulting design creates a transition from the largest structures to the single-family residences. Shaped in a U, Shillman presents only a small portion of its entire 150-unit building mass to the streetscape, lessening the impact of the mass to the public. The buildings include 150 affordable rental units with 94 one bedroom and 56 two bedroom units, plus shared common community spaces including central living and dining rooms, multipurpose room, a library, media/computer room, game room and a fitness center. Energy efficient mechanical solutions incorporated within the project include solutions such as a roof-top photovoltaic system and geothermal heating and cooling.
This MHFA and HUD financed project creates a community where all residents enjoy complete independent living in fully equipped apartments. Additionally, they can choose to have prepared meals in the community’s dining room, enjoy fitness, art, spa, library and meeting facilities and take advantage of transportation assistance as they require. The streetside location of these spaces activates both the neighborhood as well as creates an opportunity for residents to observe and participate in the ongoing activity.