Plans to build new affordable housing are moving through the California Environmental Quality Act review process for 440-490 Arden Way in Old North Sacramento. The proposal has received the Notice of Exemption after an environmental review. The proposal, by BRIDGE Housing Corporation, will replace a vacated armory building with 124 new units of affordable units, including permanent supportive housing.
The five-story proposal will be designed by LPAS and built by the Tricorp group. Construction will replace the 1.27-acre property and the existing armory building with a podium building using heavy timber. Parking will be included for 67 cars and 62 bicycles. Amenities will include the community room, child care center, and more.
BRIDGE will partner with the Lutheran Social Services of Northern California to provide various services to support residents. Child Action Inc is also expected to find a new location in the building. Del Paso Business Partnership has been tapped to find a local business to fill a retail space.
The project received approval through its classification as an in-fill development project. For readers interested in the technical reasons for the exemption, the following is an excerpt from the Notice of Exemption, published by the California Department of General Services:
DGS has determined that the project qualifies for Class 32 exemption because the project meets all criteria for the exemption. The project is consistent with applicable objective general plan standards and criteria. It is an allowable land use in the City of Sacramento’s General Plan Urban Corridor Low designation. The project site is less than 5 acres, within City limits, surrounded by urban uses, has no value as habitat for endangered, rare, or threatened species, and can be adequately served by all required utilities and public services. Approval of the project would not result in any significant effects related to traffic, noise, air quality, or water quality. DGS has determined that there are no unusual circumstances, and no exceptions apply which would preclude the use of an exception for this project.
The application has benefited from California Governor Newsom’s executive order for the DGS to find excess state-owned properties to be replaced with affordable housing.
According to the previous reporting by Ben van der Meer of the Sacramento Business Journal, the project is expected to break ground in 2023, with development costs roughly estimated at around $60 million.