On Wednesday we voted 4-1 (Muir voting no) to move forward with drafting a lease of land at Urania Ave. and Leucadia Blvd. for 55 years to Habitat for Humanity to build two affordable homes, which optional deed-restricted affordable accessory dwelling units.
This project is a great example of how we partner for affordable housing, while still keeping the land for future uses. Given how technology is advancing, there are many future Council needs that we can't anticipate now, but means leasing rather than giving the land would be ideal. The City retains the first right of refusal and the project would need to go through the normal development process for citizen input.
The actual lease will come back soon and I want to give a shout out to Mayor Blakespear for championing fiscally responsible land policy that keeps options open for the city while still meeting city goals.