PETALUMA — Logan Place, located at 1200 Petaluma Blvd. N. near Shasta Avenue, is a desirable place to live in a tight rental market with a very low 2 percent vacancy rate.
This Burbank Housing Development Corporation garden apartment complex, built at a cost of $25.3 million, has brought affordable housing to a community that has a critical shortage of rental units.
Local financing for this project includes $3.6 million from the city of Petaluma, and $4 million in financing through the federal HOME Investment Partnerships program provided through the California Department of Housing and Community Development. Sonoma County Community Development Commission also provided an allocation of 12 project-based Section 8 vouchers.
When Gov. Jerry Brown announced plans to cut $12.5 billion from the state’s budget in 2010, Logan Place was at risk to have its funding eliminated or postponed. Mayor Dave Glass and former Assemblyman Jared Huffman intervened with the state and funds were restored.
Logan Place, completed on Sept. 30 is built on 2.61 acres and includes five buildings — four three-story buildings and one four-story podium building — with a total of 66 multifamily units.
Buildings designed as “podium” structures include multiple stories of wood frame construction built over an elevated concrete podium deck — an efficient, space-saving architectural style that has become popular in recent years.
The podium building has tuck-under parking, photovoltaic and solar hot water panels to provide power to community space and water to building units, the laundry facility as well as janitorial and common areas.
The development is one of the first in California to install dual cold and hot water meters as an efficiency measure.
All of the units’ appliances are Energy Star rated and exceed Title 24 by more than 25 percent.
Project amenities include a community building, outdoor common areas, a separate, centrally located tot-lot playground, a sport court along with open landscaping and shared lawn space. Some 123 stall spaces are provided throughout the development.
The community building provides rest rooms and a place for a variety of support services, events and activities for residents, such as an after school program run by the Boys and Girls Club. This building also provides office space for property management and community service uses.
These new rental units will be provided to families who earn 30 to 60 percent of the area’s median income.
The development contains a mix of six studio, 12 one-bedroom, 21 two- bedroom and 27 three-bedroom units. One-bedroom units range in price from $345 to $658 a month.
Logan Place offers apartments that will remain affordable for at least 55 years through regulatory agreements with its lenders.
Residents of Logan Place will look out onto the Petaluma Bounty Community Farm with potential to collaborate and bring nutritious food to low-income residents.
BKF provided the civil engineering and land surveying associated with the new development, and the Structural Design Group was responsible for overall building engineering. Wright Contracting was the general contractor, and Hunt Hale Jones was the architectural firm that designed the apartments.
Burbank Housing Development Corporation one of the largest affordable housing developers in Sonoma County with a diverse client base is the project sponsor and developer of Logan Place, which will be professionally managed by Burbank Housing Management Corporation.
“Our objective at Logan Place was to create a balanced, diverse and flexible rental community for both families and an aging population,” said Pascal Sisich, director of housing development. “Logan Place is well-situated near shopping centers, schools and bus lines, and is within reasonable walking distance from downtown.”
Burbank develops rental properties, first-time ownership communities, and special projects for a special needs population. This includes housing for farm workers, seniors, homeless and formerly homeless, emancipated foster youth and persons with disabilities.
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