Community Corporation of Santa Monica breaks ground on new affordable development in Santa Monica

April 29, 2024 8:51 AM

This press release was issued by Community Corporation of Santa Monica, in partnership with the city.

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (April 29, 2024) – Community Corporation of Santa Monica, a non-profit organization that restores, builds, and manages affordable housing for people of modest means, broke ground Friday on Santa Monica’s newest affordable housing development, Berkeley Station. Developed in partnership with the city of Santa Monica, Berkeley Station will offer 13 units of 100% affordable housing for low-income families and transition-aged youth in Santa Monica.

“Berkeley Station is an exciting, innovative project and represents two firsts for us – our first development specifically for vulnerable youth, as well as our first modular development built in a factory,” said Tara Barauskas, executive director of Community Corporation. “This is a great example of the type of housing that needs to be built to help alleviate Santa Monica’s affordable housing crisis.”

Several community leaders and elected officials took part in the groundbreaking, including Phil Brock, mayor of Santa Monica, Ben Allen, California state senator, a representative of Assemblymember Rick Chavez Zbur as well as several Santa Monica City Councilmembers.

“Santa Monica continues to be a leader in finding innovative, sustainable, and compassionate ways to address the homelessness and housing crisis,” said Phil Brock, mayor of Santa Monica. “It is so important that our transition-age youth and low-income families have a safe and stable place to live, and Berkeley Station will provide these households with that secure foundation so they can thrive.”

“Berkeley Station is a model of the type of affordable housing we need to be building across California,” said Sen. Ben Allen, (D-Santa Monica). “I want to recognize and thank Community Corporation for its commitment to the most vulnerable here in our community.”

“We are extremely excited to work with Community Corporation of Santa Monica on their first prefabricated development,” said Steve Glenn, founder and CEO of Plant Prefab. “Berkeley Station will be built at our new factory in Tejon Ranch utilizing techniques that offer a more sustainable and time and cost-efficient way to create affordable, temporary, and transitional housing.”

Berkeley Station was designed to meet LEED Gold standards and will include solar panels and Energy Star appliances. It will offer residents a community garden, laundry facilities, a rooftop deck, and a community room.

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