Santa Cruz gets $29M for affordable housing, transit hub

By Michael Wittner, Santa Cruz Patch, January 28, 2022

“The City of Santa Cruz was awarded $29.6 million [from the California Strategic Growth Council’s Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program] to fund the affordable Pacific Station North mixed-use project.

“Pacific Station North will provide 95 one, two, and three-bedroom units. 25 of the units will be reserved for families experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness, and the remaining 66 units will be reserved for families [qualifying as low-income].

“The project will also be used to redevelop the bus transit station, enhance the pedestrian experience around Maple Alley, and create retail, office space, and a public bicycle hub.

“ ‘The Pacific Station North development provides a rare opportunity to build much-needed affordable housing while achieving net-zero carbon emissions. The innovative site and building design is a model for future development as we work to support our low-income community members while still adapting to climate change,’ said City Manager Matt Huffaker.”

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