City Council, Mayor moves forward on 2 affordable housing projects in Elk Grove

Elk Grove housing manager explains two affordable housing projects during the Wednesday city council meeting. | 

During their Wednesday night meeting, the Elk Grove City Council approved letters of intent for developers of two affordable housing projects in the city. A unanimous vote approved the projects. 

A bidding process selected the Sheldon North Farms and Old Town project developers. The new developments will add 89 senior affordable apartments in Old Town and 240 units in the Sheldon North Farms development.   

The projects on the city-owned parcels are located on 9220-9244 Elk Grove Boulevard in Old Town-Historic Downtown Elk Grove. Those parcels are next to the current proposed Old Rose affordable housing project site.

The four Elk Grove Boulevard parcels totaling two acres were acquired by taxpayers in 2021. Those parcels will be developed into high-density senior affordable housing. 

The second site, Sheldon Farms North, is five acres at 8851 Bruceville Road, just south of Sheldon Road. The city took possession of the parcel in 2023 when the developer of an adjacent housing subdivision gave the land in lieu of paying the affordable housing fee; the development will be high-density and transit-oriented.

"It will be along the future [Sacramento Regional transit] light rail line, the Blue Line extension," city housing manager Sarah Bontrager told Mayor Singh-Allen and her city councilmen. "We wanted to offer something that is more transit-focused to help us build the case that Light Rail should come down to Elk Grove."

Through a request for proposal process for both sites, Mutual Housing California was selected for the Old Town-Historic. The Sheldon North Farms developer is Abode Communities

The Old Town-Historic Downtown Elk Grove facility will be three stories with elevators. The Sheldon Farms North will include seven structures with buildings four, three, and two stories.   

Bontrager told Singh-Allen and her councilmen the letter of intent allows flexibility for the city to be involved in the planning and design process.

"We're looking to work with the developer to reach consensus on site design that we can both support," she said. "We will consider, later in the process loan commitment, but this letter of intent is not a loan commitment; it is not a guarantee the city would transfer the land."

Bontrager added the city can terminate the letters with cause. No timetable for the completion of the project was provided. 

During her remarks, Elk Grove Mayor Bobbie Singh-Allen admitted the city is behind in its obligation to provide affordable housing units. 

"This is much needed in our city," she said. "We're far behind, everybody is, we are not as far behind as other cities, but we can continue to do more." 

Singh-Allen also reminded her colleagues and those in attendance that she is a member of the Sacramento Regional Transit Board of Directors. As suggested by Ms. Bontrager, as a transit-oriented project, the Bruceville Road development will assist in efforts to bring light rail to the city.

"I sit on the Sac  RT, so transit-oriented developments are very important," Singh-Allen said. 
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