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Eden Senior Housing Mixed-Use Apartments
Project Name: Eden Senior Housing Mixed-Use Apartments

Location:
10848 – 10860 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito

Project Sponsor: Eden Housing Inc. and the City of El Cerrito

Description
This mixed-use transit-oriented development (TOD) proposes a 63-unit mixed-use senior affordable housing community on a 40,000-square-foot site in El Cerrito’s midtown area adjacent to City Hall. The design includes a commercial ground floor featuring a 1,156-square-foot retail/cafe space that opens directly onto a new 2,710-square-foot public plaza between the new building and City Hall. The San Pablo Avenue frontage also includes a 1,906-square-foot community clinic to be operated by Samuel Merritt University. The single-story structure at 10848 San Pablo Avenue known as the Contra Costa Florist building will be rehabilitated in keeping with its period of significance to the greatest extent feasible and will house some of Eden Housing’s community and management functions on the property.

Recent/Upcoming Event & Actions
The Planning Commission certified the EIR, adopted a Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program and approved the Conditional Use Permits for the project on December 18, 2013. On January 8, 2014, the Design Review Board held a public hearing and approved the project application. It is anticipated that during spring 2014 the City Council will consider a proposed Disposition and Development Agreement for transfer of the City-owned property to Eden Housing, Inc.

Approvals Status
Eden Housing Inc. continues to work with the Community Development Department on  the negotiation of terms for the Disposition and Development Agreement (DDA) for transfer of the City-owned property. The City’s Planning & Building Division has prepared an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the project. The Draft EIR was published on August 26, 2013 and is posted on the Planning & Building Division's CEQA webpage. The public comment period for the Draft EIR ended on October 10, 2013.  The Final EIR is also posted on the CEQA webpage and was certified by the Planning Commission on December 18, 2013. 

Background
The City’s goal is to develop this key site adjacent to El Cerrito’s City Hall with high-quality affordable housing with social services and commercial uses on the ground floor. After a competitive Request for Qualifications/Proposals process, the City has selected Eden Housing as its development partner for this site. 

After incorporating community input and information from site reports in its design, Eden has submitted a planning application for the City’s Planning Department. Eden Housing is proposing mixed-use residential building including 63 units of affordable housing for seniors and ground-floor commercial space, including a medical clinic operated by Samuel Merritt University and a small retail space. Eden’s plans retain and rehabilitate the Contra Costa Florist retail building.

The City's Planning & Building Division has completed the planning application review and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) environmental review process. These are required of all development applications. The entitlement and environmental review process includes meetings with the Planning Commission and the Design Review Board.

The City has prepared an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Eden Housing San Pablo Mixed-Use Senior Apartments project. In accordance with CEQA guidelines, the City of El Cerrito prepared a Notice of Preparation to provide responsible agencies and other interested parties with sufficient information describing the proposal and its potential environmental effects.

As specified by the CEQA guidelines, this Notice of Preparation was circulated for a 30-day review period ending May 13, 2013.  On Monday, April 22, 2013, from 5:30pm to 7:00pm the City held a scoping meeting for the purpose of soliciting public input as to the appropriate scope and content of the EIR. The scoping meeting for the project was held at the City of El Cerrito City Council Chambers, located at 10890 San Pablo Avenue in El Cerrito.  The Draft EIR was published on August 26, 2013 and is posted on the Planning & Building Division's CEQA webpage. The public comment period for the Draft EIR ended on October 10, 2013.  The Final EIR is also posted on the CEQA webpage and was certified by the Planning Commission on December 18, 2013. 


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