Thank you Mayor Don Wagner and Irvine City Council for allocating $3 million from the housing-in-lieu monies to the Nightmist Affordable Rental Housing project by the Irvine Community Land Trust (ICLT). In response, ICLT is adding extra low income units and reaching out to homeless veterans too.
In researching Irvine housing a few weeks ago I learned that the Irvine Community Land Trust’s Chelsea Development Agreement — called the Nightmist/Salerno Project – was almost ready to break ground. What was lacking was ~$1 million, shortfall in funding. Now, thanks to Mayer Wagner and the Irvine City Council, the project will begin with some much needed extra units. The Nightmist project had originally planned to make available a total of 102 units of which 35 permanent supportive housing units (i.e. housing with wrap around services) would have been built within one year (2019 end?) from breaking ground. Well done, Mayor Wagner and City Council. It is most encouraging to see how the Irvine City Council is working together to help end OC housing shortages and homelessness. Integrated housing, not segregation, is the Irvine way.
Credits: I am grateful to an I4E member for alerting me to Nightmist.
For more information: The Irvine Community Land Trust <http://www.irvineclt.com/contact>
References and Notes:
Housing and development often get conflated. The reality is that there are many discrete processes that take years. When city funds are also used as is the case with affordable housing, the process and full documents are also publicly available on the city council agendas.
Irvine Community Land Trust. Budget for 2018–2019. URL: http://www.irvineclt.com/uploads/Agendas%20Minutes%202018/AgendaPacket5-21Meeting.pdf (Chelsea Development Agreement (Nightmist/Salerno Project) $3,800,000 — Attachment 4, page 20 of 56, pdf file)
Request for Irvine City Council Action. April 24, 2018. APPROVAL OF THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT AND HOME INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIPS 2018–2019 ACTION PLAN FUNDING RECOMMENDATIONS. URL: http://irvine.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=68&event_id=1296&meta_id=85402 (draft Draft 2018-2019 Action Plan — pages 4, 52, 63 of 84 pages, pdf file)
Government, A Barrier or Catalyst Towards Healthy, Equitable Communities. Irvine Community Land Trust presentation, THRIVE Conference, Santa Ana, 20 April 2018. URL: http://www.sa-bhc.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/THRIVE-Santa-Ana-20-April-2018.pdf (slide 18 or 2, describes Nightmist).
Sean Joyce. April 2017 Priority Projects Status Report. Irvine Community Land Trust The Irvine Community Land Trust has issued a Request for Proposals for an affordable housing rental project on a 2.5-acre parcel conveyed to it by the City. The parcel is located at the corner of Sand Canyon and Nightmist Avenues. Five submissions were received; the Land Trust interviewed two developers in March and may select a developer by June. URL: http://legacy.cityofirvine.org/civica/filebank/blobdload.asp?BlobID=29219 (item 10, page 5 of 9 pages, pdf file).
Nightmist Affordable Rental Housing Development [report and presentation]. Irvine Community Land Trust Board meeting, June 19, 2017. URL: http://www.irvineclt.com/uploads/Agenda%20Minutes%202017/ICLTAgendaPacket06-19-17.pdf (Approve minutes of May 15, 2017 meeting, Agenda item 1; Nightmist is Agenda item 4, page 7 of 32 pages, pdf file)
Executive Director’s Report. Irvine Community Land Trust Board Meeting. Agenda February 21, 2017. URL: http://www.irvineclt.com/uploads/Agenda%20Minutes%202017/ICLTAgendaPacket02-21-17.pdf (Agenda item 2: Approval of minutes of January 23, 2017, page 7 or 16 pages, pdf file)
Sean Joyce. 30 January 2017. Priority Projects Status Report. The Irvine Community Land Trust authorized issuing a Request for Proposals on July 18, 2016 for an affordable housing rental project on a 2.5-acre parcel conveyed to it by the City. The parcel is located at the corner of Sand Canyon and Nightmist Avenues. Proposals were due January 18, 2017. Five submissions were received, which the Land Trust will be evaluating over the next six months. URL: http://legacy.cityofirvine.org/civica/filebank/blobdload.asp?BlobID=28619 (item 12, page 5 or 11 pages, pdf).
June 28, 2016. Request for City Council Action. AFFORDABLE HOUSING LAND TRANSFER AGREEMENT BY AND BETWEEN THE CITY OF IRVINE AND THE IRVINE COMMUNITY LAND TRUST. 69 pages. URL: http://irvine.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=&event_id=1105&meta_id=72657 (includes site location — attachment 1, page 4 on)
May 10, 2016. ACCEPTANCE OF AN AFFORDABLE HOUSING SITE IN CYPRESS VILLAGE EAST (PLANNING AREA 40), PURSUANT TO THE TERMS OF A DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT WITH THE IRVINE LAND COMPANY, LLC DATED SEPTEMBER 29, 2006. URL: http://irvine.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=68&clip_id=3805&meta_id=71854
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