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Ohlone Gardens Mixed-Use Residential
Project Name: Ohlone Gardens

6431 - 6495 Portola Drive, El Cerrito

Project Sponsor:
Ohlone Gardens LP, an affiliate of Resources for Community Development

Resources for Community Development (RCD) is developing Ohlone Gardens, a 4-story, mixed-use project located one block east of San Pablo Avenue in El Cerrito’s Midtown area. Ohlone Gardens is a new construction project that will include 57 units of family rental housing available at affordable levels and 3,189 square feet of ground floor commercial space. City participation in this project includes a Housing Fund loan of $3.5 million.

Ohlone Gardens Accepting Pre-Applications until March 10, 2015
If you are interested in becoming a resident of this new development, please obtain a pre-application from RCD, available on-line Resources for Community Development or at the Ohlone Gardens site, 6495 Portola Avenue, El Cerrito, and at The Arbors Apartments, 5257 Creely Avenue, Richmond. Download the more information about the Ohlone Garden pre-application process here.

Pre-applications are ONLY accepted by RCD and must be submitted by mail to the address listed in the pre-application no later than March 10, 2015.  The City of El Cerrito will not accept pre-applications.

Recent/Upcoming Events & Actions
Currently, the development is under construction by the project sponsor. The construction start date is late March 2014 and construction is expected to continue through July 2015.

RCD hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the project on Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 from 4:30-6:00pm at the project site. Download the event flyer.

Approvals Status
The City's Planning & Building Division completed the planning application review and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) environmental review process in August 2009. On October 14, 2009, the Design Review Board held a public hearing and approved the project application. These are required of all development applications. The entitlement and environmental review process includes meetings with the Planning Commission and the Design Review Board.

To view the approved project plans, click here.  

The City’s former Redevelopment Agency began working with Resources for Community Development in 2008 in response to RCD’s proposal to acquire and develop the property as multifamily affordable housing. In June 2009, the former El Cerrito Redevelopment Agency entered into a loan agreement with RCD to provide $3.5 million of Redevelopment Housing Set-Aside funds for site acquisition and predevelopment activities.  

In addition to the Housing Set-Aside Funds, RCD assembled approximately $24 million in public and private sources to finance this project.