Westport Cupertino WestportCupertino, with 206 senior living units, will be located at 21267Stevens Creek Blvd.

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CUPERTINO, CA—Cupertino-based KT Urban received unanimousapproval by the city of Cupertino Environmental Review Committeethis month to move forward with its plans for an enhanced seniorand family living project, Westport Cupertino. The developmentexceeds the city of Cupertino's inclusionary BMR Housing Programwith plans to offer more than 20% of the allowed units ataffordable rates.

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Located at 21267 Stevens Creek Blvd., the project will include206 senior living units. Within that total, 48 units will offeraffordable senior living and 27 memory care residences as well as88 units of single-family homes (row homes and townhouses).

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"Westport Cupertino provides a real opportunity for the city toaddress the challenges created by the recent housing crisis, whilealso meeting the needs of a segment of the population with uniquehousing requirements," said Mark Tersini, principal/senior vicepresident at KT Urban. "With a major shortage of senior housing inCupertino, we're excited to deliver an affordable and high-qualityoption that allows people of all ages to live together as acommunity."

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Amenities will include an onsite library, theater, lounge,restaurant, café, roof deck and terrace, medical offices, andexercise rooms, providing a range of activities and support forsenior residents. The project will also include below-gradeparking, electrical vehicle charging stations and bicycleparking.

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As a means of integrating community outreach into thedevelopment process, KT Urban plans to engage with Cupertinoresidents to provide information and encourage feedback in upcomingmonths.

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"People, including many Baby Boomers, continue to age and willneed the types of services such as memory care that we intend tooffer," Tersini tells GlobeSt.com. "The key is making sure weselect a world-class operator who puts the safety of theirresidents first. A people-first approach is critical to the successof a well-balanced project and of utmost importance for ourresidents."

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In the COVID era, materials, furnishings, layouts andaccessibility will change in senior housing projects, says TammyNg, project manager at MBH Architects. This will include theintegration of more technology in furniture. Using tools tovirtually communicate will be vital, such as user-friendly screenson armchairs, which allow seniors to communicate information to thehealth and support staff remotely, GlobeSt.com learns.

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Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown is an editor for the south and west regions of GlobeSt.com. She has 25-plus years of real estate experience, with a regional PR role at Grubb & Ellis and a national communications position at MMI. Brown also spent 10 years as executive director at NAIOP San Francisco Bay Area chapter, where she led the organization to achieving its first national award honors and recognition on Capitol Hill. She has written extensively on commercial real estate topics and edited numerous pieces on the subject.