Located on nearly 1.5 acres, Park Haven Plaza will be a 36-unit project designed as one new, three-story building with tuck-under parking in the rear to take advantage of a natural 13-foot grade change. The project will have a community center and space for on-site management and resident services.
It is located near residential spaces, urban open space, schools and Cabrillo College. The property is a short walk (0.2 mi) to the Soquel Drive & Park Ave. It's also near the Santa Cruz Metro bus stop that has access to four lines, including the 69W and 71 which take riders to and from Watsonville and Downtown Santa Cruz.
The proposed new construction will include energy efficient plumbing and lighting, dual-pane glass windows, Energy Star appliances, low and no VOC building materials and passive solar building design. In addition, the project will be designed to exceed Title 24.
The project itself is being designed across two contiguous lots, with 1.077 acres being developed within the C-O (Professional and Administrative Office) General Plan designation and 0.311 acres being unbuildable designated as O-U (Urban Open Space) under the County’s General Plan.
All units in the project will be deed-restricted affordable to 30% of AMI (Average Median Income) or below.
The property manager and service coordinator will be Abode Services, who will manage on-site services for residents and also coordinate with existing local providers for additional wrap around services, such as financial planning, educational planning and mental health resources. The State of California's Homekey program requires robust resident services including full-time service employees.
Who Will Live Here?
The Santa Cruz Housing Authority will determine eligibility of the residents, and the property management company will establish if they are the right fit for Park Haven Plaza. Abode Services, a current County contractor, will provide supportive services specifically designed to support these populations.
Seventeen homes will be reserved for homeless veterans, young and old.
Four homes will be reserved for families with children who are currently homeless.
Fifteen homes will be set aside for homeless young adults, primarily those exiting the foster care system who are in need of housing (TAY).
This area is near Cabrillo College, which has several programs that help serve youth who are at risk of homelessness, as well as veterans. The County and the developer’s hope is that this project can provide a safe affordable home for young adults aging out of foster care, as they pursue higher education and self-sufficiency.