Albert Aizman
June 16, 2012

Eden Housing Seeking to Construct Housing Project Devoted to Veterans

According to mercurynews.com a Bay Area affordable housing organization and Dublin city leaders are planning to roll out more than a welcome mat for returning veterans.

Eden Housing is expected to unveil plans at Tuesday’s Dublin City Council meeting for the Bay Area’s first affordable housing development specifically geared toward veterans.

The Kingsmill Group, a private residential development company, seeks approval to develop about six acres in downtown Dublin with 310 apartment units and 17,000 square feet of retail space on a former car dealership site at Dublin Boulevard and Golden Gate Drive.

Kingsmill would transfer ownership of 1.37 acres of the site to Eden Housing to develop and build a 76-unit affordable apartment complex of studio to three bedrooms for veterans.

“This is a landmark project for other communities to emulate,” said Mike Conklin, CEO of Sentinels of Freedom, a San Ramon-based nonprofit which finds jobs, housing and mentoring for severely wounded veterans. “There is so much effort to support veterans, but a lot of it is not tangible. This a tangible start and there is room for this all over.”

The project is still in early planning and Eden Housing needs to secure an estimated $19 million to $20 million in funding for the development.

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