Another affordable senior housing project could be coming to Eureka


EUREKA – More affordable housing for seniors could be coming to Eureka.
The city acquired the parcel at 7th and Myrtle near Cooper Gulch using state funds. According to California law, it must be developed as affordable housing or proceeds from its sale must be used to fund affordable housing.
After issuing a request for proposals, a review board found that DANCO Communities submitted the best of two proposals.
And Wednesday the Housing Advisory Board heard a presentation on what the $7.5 million project would entail. It calls for a three story building with thirty-six affordable housing units for low income seniors and nineteen parking spaces. An additional parcel nearby would be developed as a small parking lot with five spaces.
Members expressed unanimous support for the idea and said the need is great especially in the face of escalating baby boomer retirements.
Eureka’s Development Services Director Rob Holmlund said, “There’s great demand for affordable senior housing currently in Humboldt County. There are several similar projects all of which have waiting lists and so this project helps satisfy a need that’s definitely out there in the community and that’s compatible with the neighborhood.”
City Council will discuss the project at its December 19th meeting.