After careful review, Greenbelt Alliance is pleased to endorse the Oak Hill Apartments project, which would develop five acres of unused state property in the unincorporated area of San Quentin. The Oak Hill Apartments would consist of two residential communities with one, two, and three-bedroom rental apartment homes.
This 100% affordable development will create 230-250 homes for teachers, education staff, County employees, and low-income families of San Quentin to enjoy. One of the residential communities will consist of 115 apartments developed by Eden Housing for lower-income families. The other will consist of 115-135 apartments to be built by Education Housing Partners (EHP) for income-qualifying teachers and staff of local school districts and county employees. Both communities will share common infrastructure, amenities, and parking.
Not only it is fully affordable, but Eden Housing and Education Housing Partners took great consideration to the environmental aspects of the development. The Oak Hill Apartments project will include drought-tolerant habitat and pollinator landscaping, with a natural meadow with oaks, natural grasses, and wildflowers. The community will also feature sustainable design with gently terraced homes to maximize Bay and hillside views.
This project is also a prime example of transit-oriented development. It is surrounded by many options of public transit, including the Larkspur Landing Ferry Terminal, the Larkspur SMART Station, and nearby bus service, which are allocated less than one mile from the site. The close proximity to transit would allow for a reduction in vehicle miles traveled (VMT) and greenhouse gas emissions (GHG).
The Oak Hill Apartments is an excellent example of the kind of climate SMART growth the Bay Area needs. This proposed project would provide much-needed homes to the San Quentin area and aid in Marin County’s strides to meet its Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) goals. The proposals’ commitment to affordability, close proximity to transit, and sustainable design align with the County’s Sustainable Development Goals. Greenbelt Alliance believes the Oak Hill Apartments can inspire new climate-smart growth across the region and support a resilient community for all of Marin County’s residents to enjoy.
Greenbelt Alliance’s Climate SMART—Sustainable, Mixed, Affordable, Resilient, Transit-Oriented— Development Endorsement Program goals call for fully protecting the Bay Area’s greenbelt, directing growth within existing communities, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and accomplishing both in a way that equitably benefits all Bay Area residents. Our Endorsement Program provides support for projects that advance the right kind of development in the right places. By promoting climate SMART development, we can create thriving, resilient neighborhoods with ready access to transit and housing choices for all of the Bay Area’s people. Find out more about our Endorsement Program here. Feel free to contact our team for more information and support.
Photo: Eden Housing