Phase 1 Construction Continues For Senior Housing At 3575 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa

3575 Mendocino Avenue Rendering3575 Mendocino Avenue Rendering via Van Meter Pollack

A new affordable senior housing project has been proposed for development at 3575 Mendocino Avenue in Santa Rosa. The project proposal includes the construction of a total of 420 residences for seniors, split as two projects. The project is being built on the site of the former Journey’s End mobile home park that was destroyed in 2017 Tubbs Fire.

Santa Rosa-based nonprofit Burbank Housing and San Francisco-based Related California are the project developers.

3575 Mendocino Avenue Construction

3575 Mendocino Avenue Construction via Chad Surmick / The Press Democrat)

The project site is a large parcel spanning 13.3 acres. Construction for the new affordable senior housing nears completion and residents will be able to move in by Summer 2023. The first phase will bring 94 apartments is slated to be completed in May. Additional units will be designed at later phases this year. Named Laurel, the completed residential complex will feature 162 apartments for low-income seniors on Mendocino Avenue.

3575 Mendocino Avenue Site

3575 Mendocino Avenue Site via Chad Surmick / The Press Democrat)

The Laurel will have floor plans ranging from one-bedroom and two-bedroom units. Onsite community amenities like indoor gathering space with a kitchen and theater, a community garden, bike storage and health and wellness services for residents will also be provided. Rents range from $668 for a one-bedroom to $1,605 for a two-bedroom depending on household income and size.

Additional 260 homes, by a subsidiary of Lennar, will occupy the site and be offered at market rates. The two projects will add about 420 apartments and represent the largest redevelopment in Santa Rosa related to the Tubbs Fire, which destroyed more than 3,000 homes in the city. The project caters to seniors aged 62 and older earning between 30% and 60% of the area median income.

3575 Mendocino Avenue Construction II

3575 Mendocino Avenue Construction II via Chad Surmick / The Press Democrat)

Construction on the project started in December 2021. The cost of construction is estimated around $117 million. The project is funded through federal low-income housing tax credits and grants geared toward disaster-impacted areas, local funds and loans.

Burbank will select prospective tenants for the first 94 units through a lottery on May 2.

The project sit sits in close proximity to public transportation, shopping, health care and other services.

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