MidPen gets green light for 176 affordable apartments in Sunnyvale

Nonprofit developer received $14 million grant from Facebook

MidPen's Matt Franklin with 1178 Sonora Court (MidPen Housing)
MidPen's Matt Franklin with 1178 Sonora Court (MidPen Housing)

A local nonprofit developer has won approval to build a 176-unit affordable housing complex in Sunnyvale.

MidPen Housing, based in Foster City, received permissions from Santa Clara County to construct the seven-story complex at 1178 Sonora Court, SFYimby reported.

The project is located just north of the Lawrence Caltrain Station and west of the Lawrence Expressway, in an office-rich area of the county.

The 75-foot-tall building, designed by Oakland-based Studio T-Sq, is wrapped around a central courtyard, with a dramatic corner jutting out over the train station. A color mix of white, charcoal and brown would be offset by banks of bay windows.

Construction is expected to start this year, pending financing. Completion is expected as early as October 2024.

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The complex, to be built on 1.26 acres, will include studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, of which 174 will be reserved as affordable units for households of extremely low income that earn between 30 percent and 70 percent of the area median. Two units would be set aside for apartment managers.

The Sonora Court project was among four Bay Area affordable housing developments funded by a $38 million grant from Facebook. Of that, the Sunnyvale project got $14 million.

MidPen was founded in 1970 when David Packard, Bill Hewlett, and a small group of Stanford faculty and local business leaders came together to address the racial discrimination and inequitable access to housing in the Bay Area, according to its website.

Since then, the nonprofit developer has built more than $1.7 billion in housing assets, including more than 100 communities of 9,300 affordable homes for low-income families, seniors and special needs residents in Northern California.

– Dana Bartholomew

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