Construction work has started for the six-story corner lot at 999 Third Street in San Rafael, Marin County. The project will provide 67 affordable homes for senior residents as part of Vivalon’s Healthy Aging Campus. The development is a joint venture with Vivalon and EDEN Housing.
The six-story structure will yield 74,820 square feet. Unit sizes will vary between studios and one bedroom. The rents will be priced at residents earning less than half of the Area Median Income (AMI), asking for $722 to $1585 per month.
Van Meter Williams Pollack is the project architect. The contemporary design will feature an articulated facade with protruding metal awnings, bay windows, and a setback along Brooks Street for the residential entrance. Green walls will be installed along the stairs to improve the interior, cultivating a healthy environment inside.
The project will be central to Vivalon’s ambition to open the Healthy Aging Campus. Vivalon, formerly known as Whistlestop, has been a well-established non-profit in the county. Opening 999 Third Street will give them a modern central hub to provide medical services, social engagement, and critically important low-income housing.
The building will include a diverse array of amenities to enliven the area. There will be a community room, special event space, computer center, and exercise room/dance studio. Outdoor space will include courtyards, a garden, and two rooftop decks with views of the city and Mount Tamalpais.
The property is bound by Third Street, Second Street, Brooks, and Lindaro Street. Residents will be in the heart of the San Rafael urban fabric, the most populous city in Marin County with nearly 60,000 people, and the County Seat. The downtown area includes a variety of shops, dining options, and offices.
The project is expected to open in 2023 with an estimated construction cost of $23 million.