Heritage Square Senior Apartments will provide 70 apartments that will be affordable to low-income seniors ages 55 and over, who can live independently, and have incomes that are no more than 50% of area median income. (In 2012, the highest qualifying income for a two person household is $33,750.) The City of Pasadena owns the development site bounded by Painter Street, Orange Grove Boulevard and Fair Oaks Avenue where the vacant historic Decker House, Habitat for Humanity and Side Streets Project are currently located. These nonprofit organizations, and the historic Decker House, will be relocated prior to construction start so that Heritage Square Senior Apartments can be built on the northern half of the property.
Starting in December 2009, the City initiated its community outreach effort for the development of Heritage Square Senior Apartments by presenting concept design schemes generated by an architect selected by the City of Pasadena. Throughout 2010, the City convened a working group of community stakeholders to define and prioritize the goals and objectives of the Heritage Square development and to develop selection criteria for the developer partner. These efforts led to the development of a request for proposals (RFP) that set out competitive selection criteria for identifying the most highly qualified developer to undertake the development.
In 2011, the City of Pasadena selected BRIDGE Housing Corporation ("BRIDGE") through a competitive RFP process to develop Heritage Square Senior Apartments.