MidPen looks for input at Wednesday open house

The developer who is putting together a mixed-use 100-unit affordable housing project just south of the Sonoma Charter School on Highway 12, will host an open house for area residents Wednesday evening at the charter school.

MidPen Housing, of Foster City, is proposing to build a 60-unit affordable family housing complex, and a 40-unit affordable senior complex, on land that will include a large community garden, a portion of the Central Sonoma Valley Trail, an expanded playground and a 6,500-square-foot commercial unit along Sonoma Highway.

Scott Johnson, MidPen’s senior project manager, said there will be a presentation to start Wednesday’s open house and after that there will be tables set up around the multi-purpose room with information about various aspects of the project.

MidPen has already received a $750,000 commitment from the county for the family complex. Johnson is also working on getting another $433,000 HUD (Housing and Urban Development) grant through the county. And the nonprofit has applied for another $500,000 for the coming fiscal year.

“We’re thinking outside the box,” Johnson said. “Because the Central Sonoma Valley Trail is part of the project, the county is waiving impact fees.”

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