Contra Costa County Moves Forward With 384-Unit Affordable Housing Project in Bay Point

Contra Costa County, Bay Point, Pacific West Communities, Ambrose Park, Oak Hills Shopping Center

By Catherine Sweeney 

Pacific West Communities, an Idaho-based development company, is moving forward with a plan to build a 384-unit affordable housing community in unincorporated Bay Point. The project received approval from Contra Costa County at the end of last month, giving the developer permission to begin the first phase of construction on the sizable development.  

The project will occupy seven acres of County-owned land between State Route 4, Bailey Road and East Leland. While primarily made up of residential space, the project site will also be developed with a 20,000 square-foot community library and 11,558 square feet of commercial retail space. 

Of the 384 units, 38 will be reserved for extremely low income households, or those earning at or below 30 percent of the area median income. An additional 38 will be reserved for very low income households, or those earning 50 percent of the area’s median income; 230 will be reserved for households earning 60 percent of the area median income; and an additional 74 will  be reserved for those making 80 percent of the area median income. The remaining four units will be manager units. 

The first phase of the project has been made possible through a Master Development Agreement between Pacific West Communities and the County. Per the agreement, Pacific West Communities will be able to develop the first 3.6 acres of land through a $1.79 million loan. 

The first phase of construction includes the first 150 units as well as the 20,000 square-foot community library. In phase two, the developer will add an additional 184 residential units as well as 11,558 square feet of commercial retail space. The additional 50 units will be completed in the third and final phase of the development. 

The currently vacant project site is sandwiched between Ambrose Park and the Oak Hills Shopping Center. To the South Of the property, the area is primarily developed with single family homes, and State Road 4, to the north, provides easy access to the rest of Contra Costa County. 

While affordable housing in the Bay Area can be challenging to find, the affordable housing project by Pacific West Communities is one of several to be recently approved by Contra Costa County. For instance, Vista Woods – located at 600 Roble Avenue, 1109 San Pablo Avenue and 1230 San Pablo Avenue – broke ground at the end of April. Once completed, the project will total 179 units and will be fully reserved as affordable housing for the area’s senior citizens

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