Supervisor details next steps in Golden Gate Village renovation – Marin Independent Journal
As a new supervisor, I have attended numerous meetings of the Marin Housing Authority Board of Commissioners on the revitalization of public housing in Golden Gate Village in Marin City.
At these meetings, I heard public commentators express their aversion to the initial revitalization concept that council approved for an environmental review in 2020. This initial concept proposed to renovate all units, add about 150 affordable housing units. and two community centers, as well as a renovation of the landscape and recreation elements. I listened to the public’s comments and in response asked, and my fellow council members agreed, to consider alternatives to the original concept.
A smaller ânew buildâ project is an alternative on which we will actively seek the advice of residents and consider. This would provide additional housing units, meeting the village’s current need to better match the family size of existing households. It would provide units for new families and community rooms that residents told us they want for on-site reunions and family reunions, as well as health, education and job training / placement services.
Currently, community organizations like Performing Stars, Women Helping All People and Bridge the Gap operate in residential spaces. They deserve a better space, more suited to the work they do in the community.
A second alternative could be called ârehabilitation only,â which would renovate the Golden Gate Village without building additional housing. This has already been considered by the board of directors and is also the option that the Golden Gate Village Residents’ Council is proposing. The board will present its proposal to the board of directors in open session later this fall.
Like the original concept, a rehabilitation-only plan has yet to resolve the issue of where residents will live during the renovation. Residents told us they wanted to live in Marin City during the renovation process. Given the housing shortage in Marin City and Southern Marin, this will be a challenge. However, the board will re-evaluate this option.
At board meetings on August 24 and September 28, a representative from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) presented a Corrective Action Plan (CAP) implemented by HUD to improve performance. physical and financial situation of the village.
A process for analyzing and collecting public feedback on renovation concepts is included in the CAP, and deadlines for completing it are set. It will be important that the housing authority and the residents’ council work together to achieve the CAP. Otherwise, HUD has signaled it could cut funding and / or step in to lead the Marin Housing Authority.
As readers may be aware, Michaels Development Co. recommended the initial refurbishment concept after performing baseline studies, site survey, geotechnical assessments, and other basic (pre-development) work. We want to build on this previous work to develop smaller ânew buildâ and ârehabilitation onlyâ alternatives so that council, residents and the public can then compare all options side by side.
The CAP requests that the conceptual development and analysis of these alternatives be completed in the first quarter of 2022. I will advocate for completion by the end of 2021. In accordance with the CAP timeline, the board will decide on the concepts to be taken. take into account the environmental review process by the end of the first quarter of 2022.
During this time, the Housing Authority will actively engage with residents and the Residents’ Council on the alternatives. In addition, we will take steps to prepare for the revitalization of Golden Gate Village, including developing a written âguaranteed right of returnâ policy for residents, strengthening the path to affordable housing and homeownership in Marin. , and developing options for a trusted community ground in Marin City.
My colleagues and I on the board of directors and our staff at the Marin Housing Authority will continue to listen. We are working on a beautiful project that honors the history of Golden Gate Village and the African-American community of Marin City. It must meet the needs and wants of the residents and serve them well for many years to come.
Stephanie Moulton-Peters, of Mill Valley, represents District 3 on the Marin Board of Directors.