Photo: CED alumni Michael and Marisa Sigala (left to right) at the groundbreaking ceremony for Magnolia Crossing in Clovis, CA February 15, 2017. Photo courtesy the Fresno Bee.
Innovative Development and Living Solutions of California (IDLS), a new local non-profit community development corporation founded by College of Environmental Design alumni Michael Sigala (MCP ‘97) and Marisa Sigala (BA Arch ‘95, MCP ‘97), is beginning work on its first major project in Clovis, California called Magnolia Crossing. Designed by alumnus Paul Halajian (BA Arch ‘84, M.Arch ‘88) Magnolia Crossing is California’s first mixed-income senior living community that will serve as a national model for innovation in senior housing and care, design, financing and community development.
The idea for the Magnolia Crossing came from founders Michael and Marisa Sigala, who were facing monumental decisions about care for their aging parents. Michael and Marisa both had a background in the housing industry with experience in the real estate and urban planning sectors and own a local consulting firm. Michael is the former Housing and Community Development Director of the City of Fresno, and Marisa is a former executive of Transamerica Senior Living. They concluded that a better model of care for elders was needed, something different from the traditional three-story institutional 80-bed model and better designed than a standard board and care home. They further determined a model was needed where lower income seniors could afford a quality place to live.
“Elders are the foundation of our society and are facing a national health crisis deeply rooted in their housing options,” the founders said. “From our own family experiences, we saw a need to create a new type of assisted living in a more intimate and homelike environment, that was affordable to a broad segment of the community.”
Magnolia Crossing was designed to meet the unique needs of today’s aging population. Comprised of three one-story spacious custom homes featuring 48 total studio units (16 per home), resident units surround well-appointed common areas eliminating the need for long corridors and stairs and promote proactive care and active social environments.
Through a public-private partnership, the City of Clovis invested three acres of land in the project to allow for affordable studio units. The development will complement and enhance the existing fabric of the neighborhood that borders Old Town Clovis with pathways, gardens and useable open space surrounding the units. The entire community is environmentally friendly with a planned mini-solar farm, EV charging station and other creative features throughout. Additionally, as a true economic development catalyst project, Magnolia Crossing will provide 25 new full-time employment opportunities for local residents.