Ayer Station

San Jose, California

San Jose, California

457 N First Street, San Jose, CA - Groundbreaking in 2021

The Kelsey Ayer Station is a fully inclusive mixed-ability, mixed-income housing community located in a transit-oriented neighborhood blocks north of downtown San Jose. The 115 apartment homes include a mix of 2-bedrooms and studios for individuals with and without disabilities across a range of incomes. The project features shared community amenities and outdoor spaces. Inclusion Concierges™ connect residents to each other, the community, and desired services and supports.

Fast Facts

  • 115 homes with 25% reserved for people with disabilities
  • Rents ranging from $500/month for extremely low income individuals to missing middle and essential workforce housing
  • Fully accessible design supporting diverse physical, sensory, and support access needs
  • Amenities include a fitness room, maker space, rooftop resident terrace, sensory garden, support staff offices, dog run and pet-friendly units, transit passes and coordination, community lobby, bike parking, and on-site Inclusion Concierge
  • $30M+ in public funds committed by the City of San Jose, Santa Clara County, California Department of Housing & Community Development, and California Housing Finance Agency
  • Received first investment from Google’s housing fund
  • Initial seed funding from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

"People with all abilities need to be at the table of designing what an individual person would like to live in or where they would like to live rather than have someone else decide for them."

Darcy McCann, Advocate
The Kelsey Community Advisory Group Member
Community Space

Units and Residents

The Kelsey Ayer Station includes a mix of workforce housing, affordable, and deeply affordable homes to welcome residents across a diversity of incomes and with diverse affordability needs. 25% of homes are reserved for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities across all incomes. Our signature Inclusion Concierges™ helps build community for our residents of all abilities, as well as connect them to outside supports and services.

Key Amenities

In conversation with community members of all abilities, individuals repeatedly spoke to some key design needs: flexible spaces that promote connection, outdoor amenities, and universally designed spaces. We’re excited to incorporate all three into The Kelsey Ayer Station, as the building includes approximately 8,000 square feet of community spaces. A gathering space on the ground floor creates room for neighbors to connect. Each floor includes community spaces such as lounges, fitness rooms, and shared workstations. Residents can socialize on the community terrace or spend quiet moments in the sensory garden. The entire building utilizes Universal
Design to ensure that all spaces are accessible and inclusive.


We selected this site because of its proximity to transit, jobs, arts, culture, services, and healthcare. The site is 500 feet from VTA light rail, a 15-minute walk from downtown San Jose, and a 25-minute walk to Diridon station. Our residents of all abilities have quick access to jobs, community life, and entertainment without ever having to get into a car. We’re already building relationships with key community organizations that will be project partners in service delivery, employment, and promoting active community life for all members of The Kelsey Ayer Station.

Development Partners

The Kelsey is excited to be working with Sares Regis Group of Northern California (SRGNC) and Devine and Gong, Inc (DGI) on this project. 

Sares Regis is a San Mateo-based developer of high-quality rental and ownership communities throughout the Bay Area. Since 1992, SRGNC has acquired or developed approximately 19,000 multi-family and residential housing units and 14 million square feet of commercial and civic properties. They currently have a residential pipeline of over 2,500 residences both for sale and for rent valued at over $1.5 billion and over $2.5 billion of commercial activity in the Bay Area. ​

Devine and Gong, Inc, formed in 1985, provides finance and development services for the acquisition, rehabilitation and operation of affordable housing projects in the western United States. They specialize in projects subsidized or insured by federal, state, or local governments. DGI exists to enhance and fortify the assets of low-income communities. They are dedicated to improving the lives of low-income families, seniors, and special needs clients through the development of decent, safe, affordable housing and other real estate.