Case Study: Juniper Gardens

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Location: 4259 Juniper Street, San Diego CA 92105
Building/Units/Stories: 5/40/2
Year Built: 1984
Energy Upgrade Program: Energy Upgrade CaliforniaTM Multifamily 
Owner/Developer: Wakeland Housing and Development Corporation
Project Team: Joseph Simon & Associates Architects & Planners, Inc., Sun Country Builders, Construction Manager, Craig Perry, Ivy Landscape Architects, Inc., David L. Warner, Utility Specialists, Kevin Rasmussen, So Cal HERS Raters

Savings Snapshot
Total Project Cost: $12,900,000 (includes all building renovation costs, including energy upgrades)
Program Incentive: $31,000
Percent Improvement: 13.73%

Project Description
Juniper Gardens is a five-building, 40-unit affordable housing community located in the vibrant San Diego neighborhood of City Heights. Originally built in 1984, Wakeland Housing and Development Corporation acquired Juniper Gardens in 2012 when the property was at risk of conversion to market-rate rents to preserve the affordability of a much-needed housing development for low income working families.

“Our participation in Energy Upgrade California’s Multifamily program helped the residents at Juniper Gardens realize significant savings on their utilities. This, combined with the overall rehabilitation of the property, has given these low income San Diegans the equivalent of a brand new home with the most up-to-date and energy efficient appliances and amenities.”
 

— Jack Farris, Project Manager

Energy Upgrade Description
Interior improvements included new energy efficient kitchen appliances, high efficiency furnaces, fixtures, cabinets and flooring, as well as new energy efficient bathroom fixtures, low flow toilets and flooring. Exterior Improvements included new energy efficient windows, new roof and a new solar panel system to power the community center and site lighting.

Benefits of Multifamily Home Upgrades
Wakeland launched an extensive rehabilitation of the property in 2013, including the construction of a new, on-site community center. Units were completely refurbished with new materials, energy-conserving appliances, new windows and high efficiency furnaces – which has led to a nearly 15 percent increase in energy efficiency throughout the property. Additionally, most of the community center and site lighting energy needs are met with rooftop solar.

Financial Overview
Wakeland Housing Corporation acquired funding for this project from the following sources: Wells Fargo, San Diego Housing Commission, California Tax Credit Allocation Committee nine percent Low Income Housing Tax Credits, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Low Income Investment Fund, California Community Reinvestment Corporation, and Energy Upgrade California.


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