The Elk Grove Planning Commission on June 2 will review the details of an affordable housing project proposal and support for the homeless in Old Town Elk Grove.
Known as Oak Rose Apartments, this three-story, 67-unit development is proposed to be built on Elk Grove Boulevard, a lot west of Waterman Road, next to the future Elk Grove Library building, and a single-family home at 9248. Elk Grove Blvd. .
Support services would be provided by the HOPE Cooperative, a place that provides behavioral health services and supportive housing for people with mental health issues in Sacramento County for four decades.
HOPE Cooperative is a third-party service provider that would manage the site and services of this 1.2-acre property, which is currently vacant and is owned by the project applicant, Oak Beach Apts LP, of Long Beach.
If these apartments are built, HOPE Cooperative will provide support services to its residents at no cost.
These services include substance abuse treatment, psychiatric services and therapy, crisis intervention services, job training and life skills, and transportation assistance.
Currently, the HOPE cooperative owns and operates seven residential facilities and supports customers in various locations in the county.
The proposed Old City project would include a two-bedroom manager unit, an accessory office to serve residents, and 66 units that would be restricted to support housing.
Improvements to the site would include landscaping and outdoor lighting, and parking would be limited to eight spaces. Through Assembly Bill 1763, no parking is required for support housing.
The property would also include 38 parking spaces for short and long-term bicycles.
This proposal was tabled under Senate Bill (SB) 35, a state law that provides for simplified ministerial review and approval of qualified housing development projects.
According to the City of Elk Grove, SB 35, which applies to California cities and counties that have not met the state-mandated regional housing allocation, “changed the local city review process for certain affordable housing development projects.” .
The Planning Commission acts as the body to review the design / public oversight of this project.
The project applicant is seeking the approval of the City Council to increase the density allowed for the promotion of affordable housing.
Originally scheduled to be reviewed by the Town Planning Commission on May 5, this proposed project was postponed until the committee meeting on May 19, at the request of the applicant.
The hearing was postponed again on May 19, at the request of the applicant and the municipal staff, due to the absence of Vice President Sandra Poole and Commissioner Juan Fernández, who both tested positive for COVID-19.
“I think it’s important for the public to listen to all the commissioners (on this issue),” President George Murphey said during the committee meeting on May 19.
The municipal staff report for this agenda item for the June 2 committee meeting states that the project applicant submitted new materials and that city staff reviewed and analyzed those materials.
Although the committee’s review of this proposed project was delayed until June 2, 14 speakers shared their disapproval of this proposal during the public comment period of the May 19 meeting.
Among those speakers was Allan Veto III, whose family owns the Bob’s Club in the Old Town.
Veto, who referred to the old town as the “Elk Grove nightlife center,” told the commission that the project is being proposed for an incorrect location in Elk Grove.
“You have Hungry Pecker (Brewing Company) right across the street from where you propose to put a lot of substance users, and it just doesn’t fit well and it’s not safe,” he said. “(It’s not) especially safe for any homeless person who is mentally incapable. You can’t hang that carrot out there for these people.”
Elk Grove resident Randy Bekker also shared his belief that the project should be relocated.
“I ask you to find this project exempt from SB 35,” he said. “It simply came to our notice then. Move it to an area that does fit, because we all know that there are areas that do, and it is already identified in the city. This is not a problem (‘not in my garden’). There is no one behind it (among the public) who does not want the homeless to be cared for. “
Another Elk Grove resident, Jean Sadler, expressed concern that this project would increase Elk Grove’s homeless population.
“As people are dissatisfied with living in Oak Rose due to difficult living conditions, etc., and decide to leave the premises, they can hire another homeless person (outside Elk Grove) to take their place. , creating a revolving door, “she said.
Final speaker Brian Coulson, a resident of Elk Grove, said local residents have signed a petition against the proposed location of this project.
After the May 19 meeting, Coulson told Citizen that about 400 people had signed the petition and that a group of concerned citizens had gathered at the Hungry Pecker Brewing Company, across from the project site, to discuss their disapproval of the proposal.
The June 2 hearing on the Oak Rose Apartments proposal will be held in City Hall, 8400 Laguna Palms Way. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m.
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