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Plans move forward for future affordable housing site


Colibri Commons rendering by David Baker Architects - Courtesy City of East Palo Alto

A new affordable housing project is in the works, and East Palo Altoc came a step closer in ensuring its completion.


In its meeting on February 20, the East Palo Alto City Council approved an agreement to transform the Tanklage property on 1798 Bay Rd. into parking, staging and construction offices for Colibri Commons: the affordable housing project at 965 Weeks St.


Colibri Commons will include 136 low-income units, with affordability between 30 percent and 60 percent of this area’s median income. The project will also include a mix of studios up to four bedrooms. 


MidPen Housing and EPACANDO are leading the development of the housing project, and the two organizations hired Blach Construction to build it.


Blach Construction was  interested in leasing the Tanklage property and approached the city about using the Tanklage property for parking and its temporary offices, because of its proximity to the housing project. The construction company requires 75 parking spaces that need to be within half a mile of the Colibri Commons site. 


The city negotiated a one-year lease for the property that runs from February 13, 2024 until February 12, 2025 for $5,000 a month.


The construction of the parking garage of the Colibri Commons site would be completed by early 2025, and the temporary parking and on-site offices could relocate in the newly constructed garage.. The full Colibri Commons site is expected to be completed in the summer of 2025.

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