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San Rafael: Senior Kentfield Affordable Housing Plan Considered

Thursday, August 16, 2007
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Affordable housing plan will get zoning test
Staff Report
Article Launched: 08/11/2007 09:42:40 PM PDT

Plans for a 13-unit senior affordable housing project at the intersection of Toussin and Geary avenues in Kentfield will be considered at 9 a.m. Thursday by the deputy zoning administrator in room 328 of the Civic Center in San Rafael.
For more information, call 499-6269.


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MMWD will discuss affordable housing
Staff Report
Article Launched: 08/11/2007 09:42:48 PM PDT

The Marin Municipal Water District board will meet 7:30 p.m. Wednesday - 8/15/07 at 220 Nellen Ave. in Corte Madera to discuss affordable housing in Marin.

Vote on affordable housing delayed
Rob Rogers
Article Launched: 07/28/2007 10:11:24 PM PDT

Marin supervisors may allow EAH Housing to issue $9.5 million in tax-exempt bonds for a new affordable housing development near Larkspur Landing.
If approved, the 24-unit Drake's Way development would include 18 homes for families earning less than $1,000 a month up to $50,000 a year, a range that qualifies them for "very low income" housing in Marin. It would also provide five units for low-income tenants with special needs, such as disabilities, HIV/AIDS or chronic mental illness.

Approval by the board would allow EAH Housing to issue tax-exempt bonds through the Marin Housing Authority. However, EAH Housing would assume sole liability for those bonds. The nonprofit agency has received funding for the project from the Marin Community Foundation, the county Community Development Agency and the Tamalpais Pacific Foundation, as well as the city of Larkspur and the state Department of Housing.

"The Housing Authority and the county have partnered with EAH on projects in the past, such as in Point Reyes and at Edgewater Place (in Larkspur)," said Barbara Collins, executive director of the Marin Housing Authority. "The Housing Authority has the capacity to issue bonds, but EAH would have sole liability."

Supervisors, in their



roles as the Marin Housing Authority board members, approved the bond issue by an unanimous vote July 17. However, the supervisors must also approve the issue as county supervisors. A public hearing on the issue was delayed until Aug. 7 when the county's bond counsel requested clerical changes to the public notice of the hearing.
EAH, formerly called the Ecumenical Association of Housing, would build the Drake's Way development on a 5.5-acre property owned by the Monahan Pacific Corporation on the east side of Larkspur Landing, on land that was formerly a brick kiln and rock quarry.

"The houses will be clustered on the 2 percent of the property closest to the road," said Andy Blauvelt, project manager for EAH Housing. "We're donating more than three acres of the property to the city for use as open space."

The new homes would use certified "green" building techniques and maximize energy efficiency and indoor air quality, said Blauvelt.

EAH is working with local service providers to come up with a list of clients for the "special needs" housing at the site. The agency would assign the remainder of the low-income housing through a lottery, Blauvelt said.

Should supervisors approve the bond issue, EAH hopes to begin construction on Drake's Way by the end of this year. The agency expects construction to take about a year and a half.

Contact Rob Rogers via e-mail at rrogers [at]


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