HRB has begun planning a 100% affordable multifamily residence on a parcel we own on Ericksen Avenue, sold to us at a fraction of market value by a generous donor. It will be the first HRB development since the completion of Ferncliff Village Phase 2 in 2016 and will build on that precedent of sustainable, affordable, and quality design.
Charlie Wenzlau, of Wenzlau Architects, has drawn a conceptual site plan, which envisions a complex of 18-22 units, in varying sizes. This design takes advantage of the city’s Housing Design Demonstration Projects (HDDP).
On April 18, 2022, Wenzlau presented the Ericksen project to the Design Review Board for the first stage of the permit process. The project was well received. Working closely with HRB, Wenzlau is assembling the civil engineering, traffic, and landscape consultants needed to continue with the COBI permitting and approval process, which is expected to take 8-10 months. The architectural design phase, which is expected to take another 8-10 months, will follow.
The conceptual site plan was presented to Planning Commission as part of the city-required public participation meeting on May 12, 2022 and received the enthusiastic support of the Commission. Members voted to revise HDDP to make it more supportive of projects that are over 50% affordable.