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Stargell Commons Opens to Add 32 Affordable Housing Units

Alameda Mayor Trish Spencer cuts the ribbon to open Stargell Commons. (Courtesy photo)

Local dignitaries celebrated the opening of Stargell Commons yesterday, a 32-unit garden-style affordable housing development in the West end of Alameda.

A joint project between Resources for Community Development (RCD) of Berkeley and the Housing Authority of the City of Alameda, the four building complex is located near Shinsei Gardens and the Breakers at Bayport, also RCD projects, and not far from Alameda Landing.

Units at Stargell Commons are intended for families who earn 30 percent to 60 percent of the Area Median Income. The floorplans include 5 one-bedroom, 16 two-bedroom, and 10 three-bedroom units, plus one unit for onsite property management staff.

A one-bedroom rents for $491 to $857 and a three-bedroom for $676 to $1,437, depending on income. The housing authority has referred seven families with Section 8 vouchers to receive a project-based subsidy that limits their rent to 30% of their household income.

The housing authority provided a long-term ground lease to support the development, and provided a loan of in-lieu fees that will be paid by the master land developer for the greater 97-acre Alameda Landing development.

Carolyn Bookhart, director of housing development for RCD, did not respond to requests from Action Alameda News by e-mail and telephone to discuss how ongoing operating expenses for the project are covered given the below market-rate rents.

At yesterday’s opening, RCD executive director Dan Sawislak said, “as we continue to address this extraordinary need for housing that is affordable to low-income workers, seniors, and people with disabilities, we are happy to be celebrating the opportunities that are now open to residents here at Stargell Commons.”

Some 150 people attended the opening.

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