For Del Paso Boulevard Partnership Executive Director Daniel Savala, the proposed development of the shuttered Sacramento Arden Armory property in North Sacramento into affordable housing is a no-brainer.
His organization has made housing a priority for economic development and believes the proposed project at 440 Arden Way will help stimulate the local area. This project, he said, will add an estimated $3.5 million in revenue to Del Paso Boulevard businesses. “That money goes back into the community,” Savala said during a community meeting May 31.
The use of this property also fits into a larger effort by the state of California to turn state-owned surplus land into affordable housing. In 2019, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order to make excess state land available for this purpose, noting how “nearly 50 percent of California’s households cannot afford the cost of housing in their local market.” The state has identified 92 properties in 28 counties as suitable for development for affordable housing.
The proposed development at 440 Arden Way will include 124 one-to-three-bedroom units for residents that make 25-60% of the area median income. Thirty-one of those units will be reserved for formerly unhoused individuals and families.