Creating Livable Communities

NPLLC Wins Davis Environmental Recognition Award

DAVID ENTERPRISE: Friday, April 17, 2015


The Bike Campaign and Neighborhood Partners LLC will receive city of Davis Environmental Recognition Awards from the Davis City Council at a ceremony Tuesday evening, April 21st @ 6:30 pm.

The awards were created in 1995 by the Davis Natural Resources Commission to honor and recognize the environmental accomplishments of individuals, businesses and nonprofit organizations working in and around Davis.

Neighborhood Partners, LLC, was nominated by James Zanetto with letters of support from Unitrans and Brown Construction Inc. The principals are David J. Thompson and Luke Watkins, both longtime Davis residents.

The company has provided environmentally sensitive, permanently affordable housing for low-income families in Davis and Yolo County and has developed, initiated or assisted in creating about 800 units of affordable housing.

The projects feature passive solar, photovoltaic solar electricity, south-facing orientation, through ventilation, high-rating insulation, community gardens and planter boxes.

Neighborhood Partners communities are built with community solar, providing the equivalent power for the community building, parking lots and all general uses, which means residents pay only for their unit uses and do not pay for the property uses.

All of the Neighborhood Partners communities work with Unitrans or Yolobus to ensure a high level of bus service and close proximity to bus stops, as well as ensuring that the buses or Davis Community Transit have easy pick-up and drop-off to all of the Neighborhood Partners communities.

In addition, Neighborhood Partners built the first community in California to generate photovoltaics; the first senior community in Davis to have photovoltaics; the first affordable family community in Davis and in Woodland to have photovoltaics; and the first development in Davis to meet the dark-sky ordinance.

This is an abridged version of the award. To see the full package submitted to the City of Davis by James Zanetto: Click on link below.

Environmental_Award Nomination package Zanetto 2015



April 18, 2015   No Comments

Groundbreaking for New Affordable Senior Homes in Dixon, CA


Heritage Commons in Dixon begins construction on Phase 2

Heritage Commons in Dixon begins construction on Phase 2

BREAKING NEWS!! Heritage Commons Phase II has been fully funded!

A Groundbreaking Ceremony has been set for Friday, May 15th at noon at 191 Heritage Lane in Dixon, California, for the construction that starts this month on another 54 affordable senior apartments there.

Invited to the Ground Breaking are: Congress Member John Garamendi, State Senator Lois Wolk, State Assembly Member Bill Dodd, former State Assembly Member Mariko Yamada, County Supervisor John Vasquez, Mayor of Dixon Jack Batchelor and the Dixon City Council and other dignitaries and representatives from the funders, as well as others who made Heritage Commons Phase II possible.

The 54 affordable senior apartments in Heritage Commons Phase II will join the 60 existing affordable senior apartments of Heritage Commons Phase I, which opened for occupancy in July of 2013.

The senior housing campus of 114 affordable apartments will be Dixon’s newest and most affordable senior community.  Affordable rents are available to many very low-income seniors.  Seniors are encouraged to get on the waiting list immediately as apartments in this type of amenity-rich senior housing community go quickly. Seniors 55 and over are eligible to live at Heritage Commons. Occupancy is projected for Spring of 2016. For regular updates, please visit or

The amenities at the five acre Heritage Commons campus are a large community building, which has a community room with kitchen, fireplace room, community shop, computer kiosks, lending library, and a waiting area for Dixon Readi-Ride and other transportation. The management and social services offices are also on-site.

The outdoor amenities include a solar heated therapy pool, an outdoor communal patio with tables, chairs and umbrellas for picnics, gatherings etc, raised bed garden boxes, outdoor exercise paths and generous open space and vistas.

The Therapy Spa at Heritage Commons.

The Therapy Spa at Heritage Commons.

Heritage Commons has photovoltaic solar panels on several of the building roofs. The electricity created from this system powers most of the electrical usage for the community building and all of the lighting for the parking lots and the outdoors.

All the apartments are built to be energy efficient through the use of north-south orientation, ventilation for all units, and high value insulation and energy saving construction methods.

Every Heritage Commons apartment is both visitable and accessible. Aging-in-place in your own apartment over the years is our goal.  The entire campus is accessible with four different elevators for everyone at Heritage Commons to go everywhere on the completed campus.

Consider giving up your car?  Heritage Commons is well served by the Dixon Readi-Ride program. Heritage Commons was designed so that the Dixon buses can come in and turn around in our circle and do pick up and drop off at the door of the community building.

Heritage Commons is a partnership of Davis Senior Housing Communities, Inc. (DSHC), Neighborhood Partners, LLC, and the John Stewart Company.

DSHC began as an idea of a few Davis citizens to create affordable senior housing that had additional services and amenities. DSHC’s first community was Eleanor Roosevelt Circle in Davis, then Heritage Commons Phase I, now Phase II, and later a potential Phase III of another 30-plus apartments.

To get on the waiting list for Heritage Commons Phase II, call Maria Claustro at (707) 676-5660.  To get on the waiting list for Eleanor Roosevelt Circle, call Carissa Estrada at (530) 753-3400.

We are grateful that Heritage Commons Phase II is financed by a number of great funders. The City of Dixon is providing a $5.5 million loan funded by the CA Department of Housing and Community Development HOME Program. First Northern Bank of Dixon is providing a $1.5 million loan funded by the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco Affordable Housing Program (AHP).  The State Treasurer’s Office has allocated low-income housing tax credits and tax-exempt bonds.  Enterprise Community Investment will be investing approximately $4.9 million in limited partner equity. A $7 million construction loan will be provided by Wells Fargo Bank.

The public is invited. Please RSVP below. Light refreshments will be provided.

See for occupancy and construction updates.

David J. Thompson, (530)757-2233


April 2, 2015   No Comments