Senior Inclusionary Housing Approved Last Night

An e-mail Councilman Ray Tretheway sent to the Natomas community following the city council’s decision to approve the Arena Seniors project last night:


Today the Sacramento City Council approved the Arena Seniors Project. This site is already zoned for residential high density housing. Further, this project is not subject to the inclusionary housing ordinance. The decision to offer subsidized housing is, in fact, strictly market driven. The developer is responding to community demand for affordable housing for seniors. At this point there are several market rate options for seniors in Natomas, but there are no affordable options for seniors, and this project addresses that demand.

The developer has many years of experience building similar projects. They built a similar affordable senior complex in Power Inn and Calvine in Sacramento as well as other affordable senior complexes in Roseville, Rocklin and Lincoln.

In order to get feedback on the project the city forwarded this project to the Creekside Neighborhood Association, Heritage Park Homeowners Association, Walk Sacramento, Partnership for Active Communities Natomas Community Association, Natomas Crossing Community Association, Natomas Park Homeowners Association, North Natomas Alliance, Regency Park, Terrace Park and Westlake to get feedback and to keep the community informed of the project.

This project was heard twice at the City of Sacramento Planning Commission. There was public comment from a few individuals opposed at the first hearing. After the first hearing the developer addressed many of the concerns and made changes to the site design, building design and floor plan. There was no public comment at the second hearing, and there was no community comment at the meeting tonight.

I supported this project because we need to make sure that our seniors on fixed incomes have affordable options when choosing to live in Natomas.


Ray Tretheway
Councilmember, District One
City of Sacramento
(916) 808-7001

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