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Affordable housing project

Thank you for the effort The Union is putting into the subject of affordable housing. This is an issue that affects each one of us, and it is having profound and too-often unrecognized impact on the kind of community we are becoming.

As designer of the Village at South Auburn project, however, I was disappointed to read in today’s paper that our project had no affordable units. This is not the case. Of the 23 rental apartments provided in the mixed-use development, 16 are to be deed-restricted for low- and moderate-cost housing. The remaining units, though not deed restricted, will be constrained by the local market for rental units and so will also remain well within the reach of moderate-income families.

The Kenny Ranch project, as currently designed, could place a neighborhood of more than a 100 units of workforce housing within easy reach of downtown Grass Valley. It is difficult to imagine how the impasse over affordable housing can be resolved without this level of commitment from the development community.

Again, thanks for your work on this important issue.

Brian Bisnett

Landscape Architect and Land Planner

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