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New Davis Neighborhood Will Feature Innovative Public Art and Sculpture Trail

Davis, CA —Bretton Woods, the new active adult housing community to be built in Davis has released a Request For Proposals (RFPs) for 10–11 sculptures for the neighborhood’s art and poetry trail. The pieces will be installed along the 1.5-mile trail through the arboretum-like setting. Developer Dave Taormino is commissioning the pieces. Proposals should be submitted to CODAworx by March 24. 

“Public art is part of the fabric of what makes Davis such a special place to call home and we wanted to infuse this spirt into Bretton Woods. These sculptures will help define our unique art and poetry trail and inspire both residents and visitors to the new neighborhood. “I’m excited to see the proposals and find pieces that truly connect with the vision of our community,” said Taormino.  

Voters approved Bretton Woods in November 2018 as a neighborhood that comprises numerous, greenways, paths and trails with 345 homes in a range of sizes and options. It also includes 150 affordable senior apartments. Located north of Covell Boulevard and just west of Sutter Davis Hospital, the one-story homes will be “right-sized” for active aging adults who are interested in being part of a new community in a home that fits their life stage. Although 80 percent of the units will be for individuals who are 55 and older, 20 percent will be open to younger buyers. The new neighborhood will also contain an Activity and Wellness Center with a homeowners’ clubhouse, restaurant and fitness facility with a coffee bar and medical offices. 

Inspired by the UC Davis Arboretum, Bretton Woods will feature 2.6 miles of walking paths that include the innovative art and poetry trail. The neighborhood will be bordered on the north and west sides with an oak tree forest and the interior trails will be lined with native plants, trees and shade structures. The trail will have 10–11 sculptures and close to two dozen poetry stops with shade and seating available so residents and visitors can stop, picnic and connect with neighbors. 

The RFP calls for sculptures that relate to nature and animals, appeal to a wide range of ages, reflect the community and elicit contemplation and whimsy. Two of the selected pieces will be specifically for children with the idea that they will climb, play and have fun. These pieces should make a great spot for photos.  Because oak trees are integral to the Davis environment, two sculptures will be selected that incorporate oaks or acorns. Pieces should be constructed in highly durable, low-maintenance materials that are suitable for outdoor display and can handle the Davis climate. 

Davis has a community of artists and art enthusiasts and Taormino is looking forward to submissions from local artists. To ensure the farthest possible impact locally, Bretton Woods Partners distributed the RFP to the numerous arts groups in Davis, as well as the City and UC Davis. It is also available on the Codaworx website so any interested artist can determine if their work is a possible fit for the neighborhood. 

For more information about the RFP process, please contact CODAworx at (608) 467-3040 or email team@codaworx-rfp.com. 

To learn more about Bretton Woods please visit https://brettonwoodsdavis.com.

Article published by the Davis Enterprise on Sunday, March 15, 2020: https://www.davisenterprise.com/business/developer-puts-out-call-for-artists/

New Senior Living Community in Davis

Elder Orphans Unite

With social media, you never fear being alone. At least this is the message “elder orphans” are spreading. A new Facebook group has sparked the discussion among childless adults (55 years +) who realized after a life of careers or taking care of aging parents or siblings there can be challenges with little to no family as you head into your “golden years.”

This article and video explores the benefit of having an online family and support can only be a click away. Click here

 

“Masters In Aging” Coming to Davis

The theme this September at the Nation Seniors Center is: Masters in Aging. There are two presentations scheduled to provide education and benefit the community.

Topic: Fitness and Aging

Thursday, Sept. 14, at 2 p.m.

Mark Braly, a Davis Aquatic Masters swimmer and Davis Enterprise aquatics columnist

Topic: Gardening and Horticultural for Seniors

Tuesday, Sept. 19, at 10 a.m.

Yolo County Master Gardeners Ann Daniel and Janet Thatcher

These are free to the community and no RSVP is necessary.

Presentations will be held at The Davis Senior Center, at 646 A Street, Davis.

 

More information is available at: http://www.davisenterprise.com/community/masters-in-aging-speakers-come-to-senior-center/

Tech Savvy Help for Seniors

How many of us struggle with ever changing technology? This is not just an issue older generations face, it happens to everyone. So what do we do? We turn to the youngest person in the crowd for help. Only to be baffled by the stream of acronyms and unidentifiable phrases contained in a seemingly obvious explanation.

There’s a growing demand for education and training on today’s modern technology. This is a topic that will continue to grow and where you can find more help than ever. Tech support and training is becoming more and more popular. Keep an eye our in your area for seminars and training, especially for seniors.

Here’s The Wall Street Journal’s opinion:

 

 

Honoring Tradition

This recent article in the Wall Street Journal, titled “Last Supper at Nani’s Table,” caught our interest. It is an example of how, as human beings, we all enjoy the celebration and honor of tradition. Here is an anecdote of how families, young or old, big or small, value tradition.

Meetings Continue For West Davis Active Adult Community

WDAAC greenwayA series of meetings is underway, offering Davis residents insight on an active adult community proposed for West Davis.
At Shasta Drive and West Covell Boulevard, the West Davis Active Adult Community is designed for current Davis residents. It features 325 small to medium single-story homes, and affordable senior apartments. About 80 percent of the homes would be restricted to residents 55 and older. Since the project is on the city’s periphery, it would go before Davis voters, likely in spring 2018, if approved by the City Council.
“This is the best location for a wide range of active adults and seniors,” developer Dave Taormino said at his April 12 presentation to neighbors at Chavez Elementary School. The first of an estimated 45 meetings started earlier this year in West Davis – closest to the site. They will continue, about two a month, progressing through Central, East and South Davis. Residents receive hand-delivered invitations and brochures when their neighborhood meeting is scheduled. For more information, call 530-231-5519.
The West Davis Active Adult Community would be across from University Retirement Community, and close to Sutter Davis Hospital and other medical offices. Other project amenities include a public health and wellness center, pool, 2.6 miles of walking paths, an ag buffer, restaurant with outside seating, and expansion site for University Retirement Community or similar medical facility.
Unlike Sun City projects or other senior housing developments, WDAAC is designed to draw residents from within Davis, which would free up larger homes for young families. The dropping birthrate in the Davis Joint Unified School District forced the district to open spots for some 650 transfer students from outside the area this year. To sustain its ADA revenue, the district increased the number of transfer students by more than 100 since 2013-14. Outsiders make up 7.6 percent of the student body for the 2016-17 school year.
With college students and senior populations increasing in Davis, young families are often priced out of the housing market. Meanwhile, many empty nesters in town have larger homes than they want, but few alternatives for smaller, single-story homes in Davis. About 5,000 homes – 25 percent of those in Davis – are owned by residents age 50 or order.
WDAAC is designed with that in mind. Plans are the result of community focus groups, and draw expertise from local business, health, university, housing and clean energy partners. “Our plan combines attractive Davis neighborhood elements with updated amenities for the needs of older Davis residents,” the WDAAC Planning Group said. “We are rearranging, reinterpreting and innovating a variety of features with sustainability and energy efficiency,” Members of the group include longtime Davis real estate broker Dave Taormino, president of Taormino and Associates; and David J. Thompson, co-principal of Neighborhood Partners.
Plans for the 74-acre site call for 505 housing units. Of those, 284 would be single-family detached homes, 41 would be single-family attached homes, and 150 would be affordable senior apartments. Another 30 are anticipated for University Retirement Community expansion or a similar use. Single-story homes include: 1,400-1,800-square-foot houses along the greenway; 1,100-1,350-square-foot bungalows; 900-1,200-square-foot cottages; plus, small builder lots to accommodate custom or special needs. Estimated sale prices for the pre-planned single-family homes range from the mid-$300,000s to $700,000, and could be available in 2020.
The mission of the West Davis Active Adult Community is “to elevate ‘age in place’ to ‘thrive in place,’ with a thoughtful neighborhood design, blending the inclusiveness of Davis with principles that enhance older adult lifestyle.” Visit its website at https://westdavisactive.com/.

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