Backers of $200 million development on Railroad Square 'just ecstatic'

NORTH BAY - Funding, the primary obstacle of the mixed-use Railroad Square project in Santa Rosa, no longer stands in the way.

The project was approved to receive $15 million in state bond and federal stimulus funds.

The multi-phase, multi-use rail side infill project will include affordable for-rent housing, market rate for-sale condos, a 40,000-square-foot public market, 40,000 square feet of office space, the Sonoma County Food and Wine center, a 263-space parking garage and several restaurants.

Santa Rosa Mayor Susan Gorin, City Manager Jeff Kolin along with the developers, representatives from the affordable housing arm of the project, Burbank Housing, Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit, the redevelopment agency and the housing department spent 11 hours in a hearing June 29 in Sacramento, where projects from all over California were evaluated to qualify for Proposition 1C funding.

Prop. 1C is the housing bond California voters passed in 2006 allocating $2.85 billion to infill, transit-oriented communities and Brownfield projects.

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