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Santa Cruz Housing

A mixed-use library project that could bring at least 50 affordable housing units to downtown Santa Cruz earned conceptual approval by the city council last week. The council voted 4-2 in favor of the development proposal. The new library, to be built on a city-owned parking lot at Lincoln, Cedar and Cathcart streets, would replace the Santa Cruz Public Library system’s downtown headquarters, funded in part from $27 million in Measure S library facilities bond funding approved by voters in 2016. Multiple floors above the library would include at least 50 affordable housing units, and a multi-story parking garage would be constructed adjacent o the building.

The vote allows the city to start discussions with the Housing Authority on the low-income housing component, to hire a consultant to begin work on the developmentā€™s design, and start to gather detailed financial information related to each component of the mixed-use project.

MBEP’s Housing team submitted a letter in support of the project’s affordable housing element and met with city officials and stakeholders to build support for the project. Read more

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