Bell Street Gardens | Fremont, CA

Enriching Community Through Efficient Design


The Bell Street Gardens project is a two-building affordable housing redevelopment, focused on establishing a strong sense of community between residents while simultaneously enriching the immediate area.

The renovation of the existing two-story motel will include the addition of a third-story, for a total of 79 units: studios, 1-bedroom, and 2-bedroom apartments on the 1.11 acre site. These units are affordable housing for a low-income population, with 25% of units being reserved for tenants with special needs. Along with a welcoming lobby along Bell Street, the project will provide: in-building resident services, in-building laundry, and large community room that opens to a shared outdoor patio and landscaped courtyard.

The second,  a new Family Housing Development building situated along Bell Street, includes 49 units on 0.86 acres, with a mix of 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom, and 3-bedroom units within the 4-story building. The new housing development will also include in-building resident services, in-building laundry, a spacious exercise room shared w/ building 1, and large community room that opens up to a shared courtyard with patio and play area.


  • Spacious community rooms
  • Shared courtyards with patios and play area
  • Complete renovation of an aging, underutilized building for increased housing that is accessible and supportive
  • All electric systems to remove fossil fuel/natural gas, and improve heating delivery w/ renewable energy

Project Information

  • Client: Resources for Community Development
  • Building size/acres: 125,720 sq.ft. /1.97 acres
  • Density: 128 units

Van Meter Williams Pollack LLP