Mt. Rubidoux Manor, a 188 senior housing facility located in downtown Riverside, CA, is currently undergoing an extensive renovation. It is a 16-story residential building originally built in 1971 by Riverside First Baptist Homes, Inc. under the HUD Section 236 program. The current project is a partnership between HumanGood Affordable Housing and Riverside First Baptist Homes. This strategic partnership allowed the long-term vision and mission of Riverside First Baptist Homes Inc.to be preserved and strengthened with the mission and values of HumanGood Affordable Housing. The project targets seniors at or below 50% and 60% of median income but serves residents at much lower incomes through a HUD Section 8 contract covering 170 units. The building has 135 studio, 52 one-bedroom and 1 two-bedroom units.
The completed rehabilitation will include new unit kitchens, bathrooms, lighting and flooring, ADA upgrades, replacement of all exterior windows and doors, upgrades to both unit and common area heating / cooling systems, full tear down and replacement of roof and insulation, full replacement of supply and waste plumbing, a new energy efficient boiler, the addition of a rooftop photovoltaic system, exterior paint, conversion of an obsolete commercial kitchen to new office space, new community recreation and social service space and other common area upgrades. This is a welcomed rejuvenation for the 45+ year old building that has withstood earthquakes, emergency balcony repairs and a recent residential fire that damaged 13 units.
Funding for the project includes an allocation of Low Income Housing Tax Credits from the California Tax Credit Allocating Committee, tax exempt bonds through Citibank, N.A., tax credit equity from Alliant Capital, City of Riverside HOME funds, a Housing Authority of the City of Riverside redevelopment successor agency loan and Low-Income Weatherization Program incentives. The project team includes Walton Construction and Egan Simon Architects. The expected completion date is November 2018.