The City has been awarded $9.5 million from the California Housing and Community Development Department (HCD) to help create more housing in Santa Rosa’s downtown. The grant will support pre-development of two City-owned surplus parking lots in the 600 to 700 blocks of Third Street by funding site preparation and construction of key infrastructure such as utilities, sidewalks, and bike paths.
The grant supports the City Council’s pro housing goals and directly addresses the need to create more housing downtown.
The pre-development work on the two sites to be funded by the grant will include demolishing an existing parking structure and surface parking lots; and may include utility upgrades including storm drainage, a detention basin, and joint trenching; new roads with striping and signage, curbs, gutters, and sidewalks; parks and landscaping for irrigation; concrete work; urban greening; and development of a walking and bike path along with lighting.
In 2022, the City-owned Whitehouse lot located at 730 3rd Street and Garage 5 located at 625 and 630 3rd Street were determined to be underutilized parcels and designated as surplus by the City Council. The City then issued Notices of Availability on the lots in accordance with the Surplus Lands Act requirements and has since received multiple bids from developers to build housing on the two sites.
At the Sept. 12 City Council meeting, Council approved entering exclusive negotiation agreements with the top bidders to develop the housing, per the surplus lands act requirements.
Visit the City’s Real Estate Services website for more information about the process for the disposition of City-owned surplus property and land.
Visit the HCD website for more information about the State’s efforts to pave the way for over 5,400 new climate-friendly homes.