By Mary Jo Bryan
I have been involved with Davis housing issues for a number of years, and have witnessed the approval of housing for specific groups. .
The Cannery: which provides housing for the fortunate people who are able to purchase market rate housing in Davis, The Cannery, Grande Village and soon to be built Chiles Ranch.
Student Housing: The Sterling Fifth Street Student/Dorm Apartments, Lincoln 40, Davis Live, and Nishi Student Apartments
Senior Housing: with the successful Measure L Campaign and the approval of the West Davis Active Adult Community.
Each of these projects also provided support for affordable housing by either building income-qualified affordable rental housing, or contributing a in-lieu fee or a land dedication.
What is missing? We all know the answer. It’s housing for regular people both young and old, small families, local workers, professionals and singles. People like you and me, who want to live and work in Davis, but unlike us, they do not make enough to purchase a home in Davis or make too much to qualify for subsidized housing.
This project is for them – a rental apartment project with 1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartments that rent by the unit not by the bed.
The development team of Lor Shepard and Chuck Cunningham are local and I believe, they are building for the future of Davis. They observed and listened to the people of Davis and have developed a project that will provide much needed workforce and family housing.
In addition, I strongly applaud your support of the Amendment to the Alternative Affordable Rental Housing Requirements. A yearly contribution, “a continuing stream” of revenue to the Housing Trust Fund will not only expand funds for meeting the City’s goal for Affordable Housing, but also establishes a continuous source to solve or help the City with deferred maintenance on existing projects and in the future create innovated and “outside the box” options for future affordable housing opportunities.
I support the Chiles Road Apartment Project with its affordable housing component because it provides both much needed rental housing and also a “reliable and growing source of funding” to the City’s Housing Trust Fund.
Please support this project and thank you for approving the amendment to the Alternative Affordable Rental Housing Requirements.
This letter was delivered during public comment and submitted to the Vanguard.