Planning Commission to review proposed supportive housing project for Old Town | New

On June 2, the Elk Grove Planning Commission will review details for an affordable and supportive housing project for the homeless in Old Town Elk Grove.

Known as the Oak Rose Apartments, this three-story, 67-unit development is proposed to be built on Elk Grove Boulevard, a lot west of Waterman Road, adjacent to the future Elk Grove Library building. , and a single-family home at 9248 Elk Grove Boulevard.

Support services would be provided by HOPE Cooperative, a local chapter that has provided behavioral health and supportive housing services to 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 on this 1.2-acre, currently vacant property owned by the project applicant, Oak Rose Apts LP, of Long Beach.

If these apartments are built, the HOPE cooperative will provide free support services to its residents.

These services include substance abuse treatment, psychiatric services and therapy, crisis intervention services, employment and life skills training, and transportation assistance.

HOPE Cooperative currently owns and operates seven residential facilities and supports clients in various locations throughout the county.

The proposed Old Town project would include a two-bedroom unit for the manager, an ancillary office to serve residents, and 66 units that would be dedicated to supportive housing.

Site improvements would include landscaping and exterior lighting, and parking would be limited to eight spaces. Thanks to Assembly Bill 1763, no parking is required for supportive housing.

The property would also include 38 short-term and long-term bicycle parking spaces.

This proposal was submitted under Senate Bill (SB) 35, a state law that provides streamlined ministerial review and approval of eligible 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 review process for the local city for certain eligible affordable housing development projects”.

The Planning Commission serves as the design review/public oversight body for this project.

The project applicant is seeking City Council approval for an increase in permitted density for affordable housing development.

Originally scheduled to be considered by the Planning Commission on May 5, this proposed project had its hearing postponed until the commission’s meeting on May 19, at the request of the claimant.

The hearing was postponed again on May 19, at the request of the plaintiff, as well as city staff, due to the absence of Vice President Sandra Poole and Commissioner Juan Fernandez, who both tested positive for the COVID-19.

“I think it’s important for the public to hear from all the commissioners (on this issue),” Chairman George Murphey said at the commission’s May 19 meeting.

The city staff report for this June 2 commission meeting agenda item indicates that the project applicant has submitted new documents and that city staff have reviewed and analyzed these documents.

Although the committee’s consideration of this proposed draft was postponed 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 Bob’s Club in the Old Town.

Veto, who called Old Town “Elk Grove’s nightlife hub,” told the commission that the project was being proposed in the wrong place in Elk Grove.

“You have Hungry Pecker (Brewing Company) right across the street from where you’re proposing to put a bunch of drug addicts, and that’s just not a good fit and it’s not safe,” he said. he declares. “(It is) particularly dangerous for any mentally incompetent homeless person. You can’t throw that carrot over there for those people.

Elk Grove resident Randy Bekker also shared his belief that the project should be moved to another location.

“I ask you to find this project exempt from SB 35,” he said. “It doesn’t fit. Move it to an area that is suitable, because we all know there are areas where it is suitable, and it has already been identified in the city. This is not a problem (“not in my garden”). There’s no one here (in the audience) who doesn’t want homeless people taken care of.

Another Elk Grove resident, Jean Sadler, expressed concern that this project would increase Elk Grove’s homeless population.

“As people become unhappy with living in Oak Rose due to harsh living conditions etc. and decide to leave the facility, they can go and recruit another homeless person (outside of Elk Grove) to take their place, creating a revolving door. ,” she says.

The final speaker, Elk Grove resident Brian Coulson, said local residents had signed a petition against the proposed location of this project.

Following the May 19 meeting, Coulson told the Citizen that approximately 400 people signed this petition and that a group of concerned citizens met at the Hungry Pecker Brewing Company across from the project site to discuss their disapproval of this proposal.

The June 2 hearing on the proposed Oak Rose apartments will be held at City Council Chambers, 8400 Laguna Palms Way. The meeting will start at 6 p.m.

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