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Affordable housing projects in Santa Rosa, Windsor awarded $24 million in state loans

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This rendering shows a planned 54-unit housing development for Kashia tribal members at 10221 Old Redwood Highway.

Two large housing developments in Santa Rosa and Windsor will together receive $24 million in low-interest loans from the state to create over 100 affordable units, the California Department of Housing and Community Development announced this week.

More than $8.5 million will go to the Kashia Band of Pomo Indians of the Stewarts Point Rancheria to help finance a 54-unit complex for low-income tribal members in Windsor. The site at 10221 Old Redwood Highway will also serve as the tribe’s headquarters.

In October, Burbank Housing, the local affordable developer in charge of the project, said it expected financing to take about a year and construction another 18 months. The total cost was unclear since the project was early in development.

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Santa Rosa projects get $112 million from California affordable-housing acceleration fund

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The John Stewart Company, proposing 127 units at its long-delayed The Cannery at Railroad Square in downtown Santa Rosa, has received $56.8 million out of a California fund intended to propel affordable housing projects, while MidPen Housing Corporation’s Mahonia Glen housing project in Santa Rosa has received $55.4 million to build 100 affordable units.

The were the only two North Bay projects to get funding as part of more than $923 million in the latest awards for such projects across California.

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office said the money for the Sonoma County project is part of a $1.75 billion investment to provide bridge funding to shovel-ready projects that were otherwise unable to begin construction because of a shortage of federal tax credits and bonds.

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Nonprofit builder Burbank Housing buys Sonoma County office building for expansion

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Becoming Independent sold its 15,000-square-foot office building at 1425 Corporate Center Parkway in Santa Rosa in early 2021 to become Burbank Housing’s new headquarters. (Carlos Rivas / W Real Estate photo)

Burbank Housing plans to move to bigger offices in Santa Rosa this spring.

The Santa Rosa-based nonprofit builder and operator of affordable housing throughout the North Bay purchased a 15,360-square-foot office building at 1425 Corporate Center Parkway from Becoming Independent on Jan. 29 for $2.8 million, the companies announced this week.

A nonprofit that helps adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, Becoming Independent said it has owned the building for 20 years and will be consolidating into its other owned building next door.

Larry Florin, Burbank Housing president and CEO, said the purchase will support Burbank’s growing staff and expanding development portfolio.
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Plan to convert hotel into housing for homeless worries some Santa Rosa neighbors

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Thirty years ago, the St. Rose neighborhood of Santa Rosa became the city’s first historic district, featuring blocks of charming old homes centered around the St. Rose Catholic Church just north of downtown.

But over the past decade, the pocket of Santa Rosa with blocks of Arts and Crafts-style bungalows and Queen Anne Victorians that have housed generations of downtown residents has also evolved into a hub for homeless services — one that stands to grow denser under a new county plan.

County officials — operating largely behind closed doors — are moving forward to purchase the Hotel Azura that sits on the northeast corner of the St. Rose neighborhood, at the intersection of College and Mendocino avenues. If the county goes through with the purchase in the next few months, it would turn the 42-room hotel into permanent housing with on-site services for people experiencing homelessness.

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Santa Rosa poised to land $25 million grant package for housing, rail projects

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Santa Rosa, in partnership with SMART and a Bay Area affordable housing developer, is in line to receive nearly $26 million in grant money to fund a range of projects including new housing in Roseland and an extension of the North Bay passenger rail system.

The state grant — awarded to the city of Santa Rosa, the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit system and Foster City-based MidPen Housing — is part of more than half a billion dollars recommended for award this week by the California Strategic Growth Council, a state agency with a broad mandate that includes increasing the availability of affordable housing and improving transportation.

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