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Burbank Housing busy with four projects

Projects to deliver 157 homes in 2012–13

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    Burbank Housing Development Corp. has four affordable ownership and rental communities in various predevelopment and final construction stages in Petaluma, Santa Rosa, Sebastopol and Windsor.

    All of these housing units are Energy Star-rated, featuring appliances reported to be 35 percent more efficient than those found in a typical home.

    Favorable mortgage financing is provided from local, state and federal funding sources for first-time homebuyers.

    Rental units will be targeted to individuals and families making 30 percent to 60 percent of the area median income. Ownership is available to families earning up to 80 percent of AMI.

    “Despite the loss of CalHFA Mortgage funds and the effects of the economic downturn, our creative team continues to work its way through funding bumps in the road to put together financing packages that make these affordable communities possible,” said Larry Boughton, construction department manager of Burbank Housing.

    Manzanita self-help houses in Windsor

    The 22-home Manzanita self-help homeownership project, located at 9950 Los Amigos Rd. in Windsor, started in April 2011 and will be completed this fall.

    Burbank Housing's Manzanita development

    Burbank Housing’s Manzanita development

    Costing $8.7 million to build, Manzanita received some funding from voter-approved Proposition 1C via the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) Infill Infrastructure Grant program.

    HCD BEGIN funds were made available to the town of Windsor, which in turn extended loans to the homebuyers. HCD also provided Technical Assistance Grant funds through their CSHHP program.

    Windsor’s Redevelopment Agency provided additional financing, along with J.P. Morgan Chase Bank. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development provided the mortgage lending. The Federal Home Loan Bank’s Affordable Housing Program through Exchange Bank also provided loans to homebuyers.

    The California Housing Finance Agency’s Residential Development Loan Program provided interim funds for predevelopment costs. Additional HUD construction funds were provided through the Housing Assistance Council Self-Help Opportunity Program.

    The Manzanita development has a combination of two, three and four bedroom, two bath, single-family detached homes and duets with one-car garages.

    “After low income applicants are qualified and selected, they must agree to contribute a minimum of 30 hours per week in building each other’s homes,” said Randy Fronce, on-site construction superintendent for Burbank Housing. “They work from Thursday through Monday under supervision from our self-help housing staff.”

    No prior construction experience is needed. Supervisors teach future home- owners how to construct forms for concrete foundations, frame and sheet walls and install windows and doors. They also learn to put on siding, nail interior trim, hang cabinets and control erosion.

    Burbank Housing is the general contractor for the Manzanita, Hollyhock and Catalina projects.

    Phase 3 of Hollyhock in Sebastopol

    Located at 961 Gravenstein Hwy. S., Hollyhock is less than half way through its third construction phase. All three phases involve a total of 34 homes.

    Phase 3 of Burbank Housing's Hollyhock development

    Phase 3 of Burbank Housing’s Hollyhock development

    Phase I, with 11 units, broke ground in 2010 and families moved in by November 2011. Construction on Phase II, with 14 units, began in April 2011 and was finished by May 2012. Work on Phase III’s nine remaining units started in June and they will be ready for occupancy in February 2013.

    Hollyhock units are two-, three- and four-bedroom units with one and a half or two bathrooms and priced from $315,000 to $360,000. Floor plans range from 1,102 square feet for two bedrooms up to 1,629 square feet for a four-bedroom home.

    Built for $13.9 million, Hollyhock was developed in cooperation with the city of Sebastopol and USDA Rural Development.

    These homes offer reduced fixed-rate mortgages with minimal out of pocket closing costs (from $4,000 to $6,000 including expenses for tools). Payments are estimated to be from 30 percent to 37 percent of gross monthly income.

    Logan Place in Petaluma

    Rendering of Burbank Housing's Logan Place in Petaluma

    Rendering of Burbank Housing’s Logan Place in Petaluma

    This 66-unit affordable multifamily rental housing community, under construction since May, is located at 1200 Petaluma Blvd. N.

    The Logan Place design includes four three-story buildings and one four-story podium building. The unit mix includes six studio apartments and 12 one-bedroom, 21 two-bedroom and 27 three-bedroom units.

    There will be outdoor common areas, a turf area, tot-lot and a sports court. Tenants will also enjoy a community building that houses management offices, a community room and laundry facilities.

    Total project cost is $25.3 million. Wells Fargo Bank is the construction lender. The permanent financing includes tax credit equity, federal, state and local housing assistance funding and a mortgage drawn from tax-exempt bond proceeds.

    Catalina Townhomes in Santa Rosa

    The 60-unit Catalina Townhome community is in a predevelopment stage, but applications are already being accepted. It is located at 2740 Dutton Meadows Road in Santa Rosa. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2013.

    Predevelopment rendering of Burbank Housing's Catalina project

    Predevelopment rendering of Burbank Housing’s Catalina project

    Some $20 million in funding for this townhome community is being provided by a loan from CalFHA that will be replaced with funds from first home mortgages, as well as over $6 million in financing from HCD through its now-expended CalHome and BEGIN programs.

    Mission Hills Mortgage Bankers will provide mortgage financing using the Fannie Mae “My Communities” program.

    Catalina Townhomes will feature three-bedroom, two-bath units with attached two-car garages. Each has a separate lot, private front yard and 1,360 square feet of space in four floor plans, and is priced at $256,000.

    Sweat-equity of at least 500 labor hours serves as a substitute for a down payment. The monthly payment — including taxes, insurance and HOA dues — will be about $1,400.

    3,400 affordable homes in 28 years

    Nonprofit Burbank Housing develops and builds low-income rental and ownership housing in Sonoma County. Since 1984, Burbank Housing (707-526-9782, www.burbankhousing.org, bhdc@burbankhousing.org) has developed more than 2,700 affordable apartments and 750 owner-occupied homes.

    Project teams

    Manzanita

    Design, engineering and consulting: Tierney/Figueiredo Architects, BKF Engineers, Advanced Storm Protection, AEM Consulting, Nor-Coast Utility Design, Overland, Pacific, Cutler, PJC & Associates and Sol-Data Energy Consulting.

    Contractors and vendors: Sonoma County Plumbing, Jerry Minton (electrical), John Morris Heating and Sheet Metal, Crandall Roofing, JR’s Concrete, Leavy Brothers (drywall), Don MacNair (landscaping), Shook & Waller Construction, Custom Floors, Daniel O. Davis (demolition), Dennis Debenham General Engineering, Dynamic Precast Co., Hardware Tech, Northwest General Engineering, Pacific Post Tension, Ron Hognestad Construction and Victory Fire Protection.

    Hollyhock

    Design, engineering and consulting: AEM Consulting, Cinquini & Passarino, Craig S. Meltzner and Associates, Fougeron Architecture, Harris & Lee Environmental Sciences, Kincheloe Engineering, Inman Thomas LLP, Nor-Coast Utility Design, Overland, Pacific Cutler, Pacific Watershed Associates and PJC & Associates.

    Contractors and vendors: All Truss, Baja Construction, Baldry Brothers, and Lutzenberg Performance Drilling, Crandall Roofing, Custom Design Countertops, Custom Floors, Daniel O. Davis, Dennis Debenham General Engineering, Die Hard Demolition, Gene Amato Masonry, G.N. Compton Fabrication, Hardware Tech, MCH, Minton and St. Francis Electric companies, John Morris Heating and Sheet Metal, North Bay Concrete, Northwest General Engineering, Pacific Hardwood Cabinetry, Pacific Post Tension, Peterson Tile, Shook & Waller Construction (framing), Sonoma Valley Plastering, Victory Fire Protection and Windows West

    Catalina

    Design, engineering and consulting: Tierney/Figueiredo Architects, Hunt Hale Jones Architects, Levesque Planning & Design, Nor-Coast Utility Design, Cinquini & Passarino and Civil Design Consultants.

    Contractors: The project has not yet been advertised for bids.

    Logan Place

    Design, engineering and consulting: Fard Engineers, The Engineering Partnership, BKF Engineers, FBA Structural Engineers, Structural Design Group, North Coast Utility Design and Levesque Planning & Design

    Contractors and vendors: Wright Contracting (general), Argonaut Constructors, Allied Framers, Jacobsen Fence Co., DVPro Painting, Centerline Plumbing, KVF, K.O. Construction, Alpha Fire Suppression Systems, Coggins Fence and Supply, Berkeley Cement, Cal West Acoustics, Chute Systems, Coast Building Products, Custom Design Countertops, Drapery Concepts, F&M Steel, Hardware Tech, Hinds Bros. Company, Insul-Flow, Landscape Forms, Legacy Roofing and Waterproofing, Marin Carpet Service, Masonry Contract Installers, North Bay Overhead Doors, North Coast Waterproofing, Nystrom roof specialists, Otis Elevator, Pavers & More, Peterson Tile, Ross Recreation Equipment, Simpson Sheet Metal, Standards of Excellence appliances, Summit Landscaping, TAP Enterprises, United Striping 101, Universal Plastics, Western Bath & Shower, Wiggins Electric, Paul M. Wolff Co. (stained/sealed concrete) and Young Builders (doors, frames and hardware).

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