West College Housing Project
The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors and the Sonoma County Community Development Commission are pursuing immediate opportunities to build much-needed housing throughout the community, and the proposed redevelopment of the former home of the Sonoma County Water Agency administrative offices at 2150 West College Avenue, Santa Rosa, will be a first of many actions to alleviate the County's housing crisis.
The Sonoma County Community Development Commission (CDC) welcomes your input on the creation of a request for proposals for a potential affordable housing development located at 2150 West College Avenue, Santa Rosa (Property). The CDC is conducting community engagement to guide a solicitation for development proposals that effectively offers the property as-is in exchange for delivery of a mixed-income rental housing development that meets public policy goals, especially a minimum level of affordability.
A minimum of 15% of the total units developed will be required to be made affordable to households at 80% of area median income ($66k/year for a family of four) pursuant to restrictions that attach to the Property by virtue of the Surplus Land Act. Rents for such affordable three bedroom apartments would be $1647; market rent is closer to $2500/month. In addition, between 32 and 50 affordable apartments could be achieved within the overall structure at rents below 60 percent of area median income due to the Commission’s $4.2 million purchase of the property.
Frequently Asked Questions
We need to build more housing for the people of Sonoma County. "Housing for All" is a top Board priority and this project reflects a new investment of surplus government property to build needed new housing.
How will the developer be selected?
The most qualified private sector developer will be selected through a public process informed by community input.
How will neighbors and the surrounding community be involved in this process?
This process will thrive on community participation. There will be a public and transparent process for all stakeholder input. We will have multiple community outreach meetings and other avenues for input on community desires for the proposed project.
What can be built on the property?
The project concept fits the property. The property is appropriately zoned for the initial project concept.
Is the City of Santa Rosa involved?
This project and process will be conducted in full partnership with City of Santa Rosa. There will be a focused and supported effort to work together with Santa Rosa to bring forward the best possible ideas for the property.