831 Water Street
Striking the Perfect Balance
What Santa Cruz Needs
831 Water Street is a unique step in the next generation of our community. The four- and five-story, multi-use development will include 140 livable units in an innovative environment. It emphasizes sustainability, local art and plenty of green space for its residents to enjoy. A rooftop garden and gathering space will cap the building.
The mixed-income project is unique in many ways:
Divided into two U- shaped buildings, divided by a courtyard;
71 units of affordable housing and 69 units of middle-income housing;
Five live/work units on the ground floor of the middle-to market-rate building;
A “Walker’s Paradise” and a “Biker’s Paradise” by Walk Score;
Walking or biking distance to downtown Santa Cruz, Whole Foods, CVS, Shoppers Corner, UC Santa Cruz and many jobs;
Located along a major transit corridor.
As we know, Santa Cruz is home to several large employers and a growing tech startup culture, fostered by UC Santa Cruz and Cabrillo College. 831 Water Street provides:
Affordable housing for this growing workforce;
Prevailing wages and create new jobs;
A unit mix and mixed-income approach that addresses a broad range of housing needs, the “missing middle” in workforce housing,
The building’s amenities include:
A computer lab;
Rooftop open space with ocean views;
A ground floor dedicated to community-serving retail establishments;
Murals created by local artists.
Perhaps one of the most important aspects of 831 Water Street’s commitment to Santa Cruz is its dedication to sustainability, including:
Rooftop urban farming and rainwater recycling
Solar panels and other environmentally friendly amenities
Automated parking stackers
Ample bicycle parking
831 Water Street
Santa Cruz needs to support affordable housing projects like 831 Water Street if we care about maintaining the diversity and vibrancy of our community. Density is not only the most environmentally friendly way to build, but it allows for mixed income residents to share their lives together in a way that otherwise wouldn't be possible under the status quo. Building more housing in Santa Cruz is a matter of moral, economic, and sustainable resilience.
YIMBY Action enthusiastically supports the proposed project at 831 Water Street in Santa Cruz. This project would offer 151 units of housing, 77 of which are below-market-rate, helping to house Santa Cruz’s most vulnerable community members, as well as the city’s teachers, students, essential workers, and young professionals. This project will help address our staggering citywide housing shortage. In particular, it would add infill housing, helping to reduce the disastrous environmental effects of sprawl.
Former Executive Director
Santa Cruz County Business Council
YIMBY Action, Executive Director
1990 N. California Blvd #800,
Walnut Creek, CA 94596