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County panel OKs Springs mixed-use project

The proposed mixed-use housing and commercial project in the Springs, just south of the Sonoma Charter School on Sonoma Highway, received a unanimous thumbs-up Thursday from the Sonoma County Planning Commission.

The project consists of a 60-unit family-affordable housing complex, a 40-unit senior-affordable housing complex, a 6,500-square-foot commercial development, a community garden, a shared playground with the Sonoma Charter School and an easement for the Central Sonoma Valley Trail. The housing project is being developed by MidPen Housing, while the commercial aspect is being developed by the Vailetti Family Trust.

The project now heads to the board of supervisors for its approval at its June 10 meeting.

Scott Johnson, MidPen project manager, was pleased with the outcome of Thursday’s hearing.

“We have a July 1 application deadline with the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee, which allocates tax credits, which are the main source of funding for public housing,” Johnson said. “It’s a very competitive process.”


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