203 affordable homes, including 51 units of permanent supportive housing, will go up near the Capitol Light Rail Station in San Jose, with the signing of a new lease option agreement with MidPen Housing.
When Matt Franklin, the president of MidPen Housing Corp., arrived Friday morning at the parking lot of Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority’s Capitol Light Rail Station, he was reminded of one of Joni Mitchell’s iconic songs — but only in reverse.
In his mind, MidPen was going to “build paradise and tear up a parking lot.” That dream can now become a reality after MidPen signed a lease option agreement with the VTA to move forward with a 203-unit transit-oriented development project at the corner of Narvaez Avenue and Capitol Expressway that will offer 100% affordable housing.
Nevada V. Merriman, MidPen’s Director of Policy, remembers the life and legacy of Supervisor Horsley, who “stood tall on the principle that everyone needs a safe, affordable place to live — and that each community could and should do its fair share to build homes.”
Plans for 110 affordable apartments have been submitted by MidPen, which is looking to use SB 35 to streamline the project review process.
The new 80-unit housing development at 78 Atkinson Lane in Watsonville by MidPen Housing is moving skyward. Situated between Atkinson Lane and Brewington Avenue, the development is the second phase of the nearby Pippin Orchards.
Joanna Carman, the director of housing for nonprofit developer MidPen Housing, said the Housing Element is needed to create more opportunities for affordable and market-rate housing.
A 52-unit affordable housing proposal at 1098 38th Ave. advanced this month when the Capitola City Council approved a predevelopment loan to nonprofit developer MidPen Housing.
Several new affordable housing developments throughout San Mateo County, including MidPen’s Kiku Crossing, have started accepting applicants and conducting lotteries for prospective residents, highlighting the area’s continuously high demand for lower-cost accommodations.
The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors authorized the county’s Community Development Commission to execute contracts to begin demolition to make way for the long-awaited Roseland Development Project, Tierra De Rosas.
Lottery applications for San Francisco teachers and district staff will be available early next year for affordable apartment homes in the Sunset District, while there may be an opportunity soon in the Mission District for teachers to finally own property.