As of today, the County of Sonoma has issued rebuild permits for 657 single family homes and 14 multi-family homes.
On November 7, Board of Supervisors Chair James Gore met with property owner Brandon Broll on the site of the former Estancia Apartments, which were burned down in the October 2017 fires. A new apartment complex will be built on the site, 4550 Old Redwood Highway, now called Sonoma Ranch Apartment Homes. The project was expedited through the permitting process to rebuild after the fires. With encouragement from the County, the number of apartment units will increase from 70 to 96 units, providing much needed additional housing for our county’s residents. The County partnered with the developer to make several improvements to the project, including transitioning from septic to sewer.
“Here we have an example of something that’s coming back better,” Gore said. “It’s better for energy, it’s better for groundwater, it’s got more units, so it’s better for housing, and for the first time, it has set-aside units for affordable housing. This is the epitome of rebuilding better.”
Read the Press Democrat’s coverage of this project.