State Grants $9.5M for Santa Rosa's Downtown Housing Revival
The City of Santa Rosa has recently been awarded a $9.5 million grant from the California Housing and Community Development Department (HCD) to support the pre-development of two city-owned surplus parking lots in the 600 to 700 blocks of Third Street. The grant aims to help address the need for more housing in Santa Rosa's downtown area, aligning with the City Council's pro-housing goals. According to the City of Santa Rosa press release, the funds will be used for site preparation and construction of essential infrastructure such as utilities, sidewalks, and bike paths.
In 2022, the City-owned Whitehouse lot and Garage 5, both located on Third Street, were deemed underutilized parcels and designated as surplus by the City Council. In accordance with the Surplus Lands Act requirements, the City then issued Notices of Availability on the lots and has since received multiple bids from developers eager to build housing on these sites. The grant will fund pre-development work, which may include the demolition of an existing parking structure and surface parking lots, utility upgrades, new roads, parks and landscaping, concrete work, and an urban greening initiative.
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