Plans are under review for a five-story affordable housing project to rise at 440 Arden Way, located in Old North Sacramento. BRIDGE Housing Corporation has proposed to replace the vacated Sacramento armory building with 124 new homes, including 31 permanent supportive housing. Now, the nonprofit developer is working with coUrbanize to get community feedback with the launch of a new website.
The project’s genesis started in 2019 with an executive order by Governor Gavin Newsom. The order directed the California Department of General Services to identify excess state properties that could be rebuilt with affordable housing projects. The former California Sacramento Armory at 440-490 Arden Way was one such property.
Now, the 1.28-acre site may see the construction of a five-story mixed-use project with 158,720 square feet of residential area, 4,200 square feet for a childcare center run in partnership with Child Action Inc, and ground-floor retail. Unit sizes will vary with 60 one-bedroom, 32 two-bedroom, and 32 three-bedrooms.
Apartments will be priced for households earning between 30-60% of the Area Median Income, or AMI. As proposed, monthly rent will vary from $453 for a one-bedroom to $1,300 for a three-bedroom spanning 1,104-1230 square feet. Applications for units have not started.
BRIDGE is working with Del Paso Business Partnership to find a local business to fill the one thousand square foot space. Communal amenities will include a 7,600 square feet inner-block courtyard, parking for 67 cars and 62 bicycles, a community room, and supportive services provided by the Lutheran Social Services of Northern California.
LPAS Architecture + Design is responsible for the design. The podium-style building is designed as per local guidelines, with the overall massing visually broken apart with separate materials. The overall height is de-emphasized by capping the top floors with white plaster. The retail space and lobby will be visible through the transparent curtain wall glass at ground level.
Speaking with YIMBY, coUrbanize shared the following statement:
We’re working with BRIDGE Housing Corporation to help engage residents of North Sacramento to give them an opportunity to share their ideas regarding plans for the new affordable family housing development at 440 Arden Way. Community members can leave comments and ask questions via the feedback tab. Someone from the BRIDGE Housing team will respond.
The property is located close to SacRT buses and light rail. The developer will also review additional options to connect 440 Arden with the city’s public transit network.
Construction is expected to start by the Fall of 2023, lasting 20 months from groundbreaking to completion. The project is expected to cost around $60 million.