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Site work has finally begun at the former Abel’s Christmas Tree lot on Sunrise Boulevard where a new 47-unit supportive housing project for low-income residents is to be built.
“We are all very excited to see this project arrive at the construction phase,” said Hope Cooperative CEO Erin Johansen, whose nonprofit will manage the housing. “It is going to be a beautiful addition to Sunrise Boulevard and a wonderful place to call home for the individuals and families that will get to live here.”
The project, called Sunrise Pointe, is located at 7424 Sunrise Blvd. and will provide permanent housing and on-site supportive services for those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, those with psychiatric disabilities, and those with low or very low-income levels.
Tenants will also be required to contribute 30% of their income to rent, which helps qualify the development as an affordable housing project.
Johansen said financing for the $23 million project has been secured, with all approvals needed being completed last month. The project was first proposed in 2018 and was the result of a collaborative effort involving the city and county, SHRA, US Bank and others, Johansen said.
As previously reported, the project will include two buildings that will house 11 one-bedroom units, 24 two-bedroom units, and 12 three-bedroom units, each ranging from 622-square-feet to 1,050-square-feet in size.
Eighteen of the units will be reserved for those with a psychiatric disability, and parking will largely be along the perimeter of the 2.35-acre lot.
The project was originally approved by the City Council in January 2019, with the elimination of a proposed dog park and the addition of an 8-foot masonry wall around the perimeter resulting after opposition arose from some neighbors. Other accommodations included a requirement for mature trees to be included in landscaping to enhance screening, and the reduction in height of portions of buildings that face adjacent residences to two stories, down from the original three-story height.
An easement issue that arose during the process was also “cleared to move forward,” according to Johansen.
Hope Cooperative, formerly known as TLCS, currently operates seven residential housing properties in the Sacramento region, offering a mix of interim, transitional and permanent supportive housing options. The new Sunrise Pointe project will have a live-in property manager as well as on-site staff to assist with job training, budgeting and other services.
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