New renderings have been revealed for the five-story affordable housing proposal on Mountain View’s Lot 12 at 1265 Montecito Avenue, Santa Clara County. The project will transform a city-owned vacant building into 120 new homes for residents earning between 30-60% of the Area Median Income. Related California and Alta Housing are the project sponsors.
The plans received ministerial entitlement approval from Mountain View in April of last year. The application was assisted by California’s Senate Bill 35, introduced by State Senator Scott Wiener in 2016, to streamline housing construction. The project team has agreed to apply for 25 Section 8 PBVs from the Santa Clara County Housing Authority. Another twenty units will be rapid rehousing units specifically for helping homeless individuals and families with special needs.
The plans involve three five-story structures designed by Seidel Architects. Residence sizes will vary, with 18 studios, 41 one-bedrooms, 31 two-bedrooms, and 30 three-bedroom units. One of the two-bedroom apartments will be designated for the on-site manager. On-site parking will be included for 45 cars and 85 bicycles.
Writing with YIMBY, representatives for Related share that “the project design is programmed to integrate various on-site amenities, services, public art, and open spaces to enhance the lives of the project’s family residents, ground floor community serving users, and pedestrians.”
The existing property is occupied with a single-story structure and surface parking. The structure will cover 1.13 acres of the 1.5-acre parcel, leaving the remaining area for outdoor landscaping.
Construction is expected to start later this year, with completion two years after groundbreaking at an estimated $115 million price tag. Alta Housing will provide on-site services for all residents. The property is located at the intersection of Montecito Avenue and South Shoreline Boulevard, across from a grocery store and close to West Middlefield Road. The Mountain View Caltrain Station is just under 15 minutes away on foot.