State takes initiative to promote 230-unit Marin housing project

By Richard Halstead, Marin Independent Journal, July 24, 2021

“The state of California is making five acres of land it owns adjacent to San Quentin State Penitentiary available to two developers who plan to build a total of 230 units of new rental housing there.

“Half of the units will be reserved for households with extremely-low to very-low incomes; Marin County teachers and educational staff will be prioritized when renting to the other half.

“The project is one of ten that the state has initiated following Gov. Gavin Newsom’s executive order issued in January 2019 for the Department of General Services to create an inventory of excess, state-owned parcels where housing development could be expedited.

“[S]ince the property is in unincorporated Marin, it would be the county’s job to provide such services as police and fire.

“Because the property will continue to be owned by the state there will be no property tax revenue available to help cover the cost of providing services to the development.

“In a statement, [project developer] Eden [Housing] said its 115 units will be financed with ‘a combination of low-income housing tax credits, local funds, state funds and housing choice vouchers.’ ”

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