Marin County, CA

Architect: SVA Architects, Inc.
Landscape Architect: RHAA Landscape Architects + Planners

Oak Hill Apartments is proposed to be developed on approximately 8.5 acres of surplus state property in the unincorporated area of Marin County as a result of a 2019 Executive Order (N-06-19) signed by Governor Gavin Newsom to identify State-owned sites for affordable housing to address California’s housing crisis. After an extensive public process, the State of California selected the team of Education Housing Partners (EHP) and Eden Housing (Eden) to develop an affordable housing project consisting of 250 new apartments on a 99-year ground lease. The project is comprised of three components: a 135-unit property built for low- to moderate-income educators and county employees in Marin County developed by EHP; a 115-unit building for extremely-low and low-income households developed by Eden; and shared amenities including recreational areas and a parking structure.

Both residential communities will offer one, two, and three-bedroom for-rent apartment homes. Due to the State’s ownership of the site, the State will be the lead agency on entitlements, CEQA, and permitting, providing expedited processing of the project.

The preliminary design concept for the property features two buildings that terrace up the hillside site to maximize Bay and ridge line views. The community will incorporate sustainable design, drought-tolerant landscaping, and high-quality finishes. Amenities will include a clubhouse with a lounge and business center, roof deck, as well as outdoor areas for socializing, playing, and reflecting. Award-winning firms SVA Architects of Oakland and Mill Valley-based RHAA are the architect and landscape architect, respectively, for both developments in the new community.

EHP’s component of the project will be capitalized with a unique financing structure involving a joint powers authority (JPA) created by the Marin County of Office of Education and the County of Marin. The JPA will be assigned the development rights and retain EHP to manage the construction of the project once it is fully permitted. Additionally, the JPA will issue tax-exempt bonds to fund the construction of the building and retain ownership of the leasehold estate. This model could facilitate the construction of workforce housing by school districts and other public agencies throughout the State.

For more information, visit: www.oakhillmarin.com.