By RYAN LILLIS
July 19, 2023 – Sacramento’s Broadway corridor is about to get a major boost of housing. Demolition work began this week on a long-vacant office building at 19th Street and Broadway to make way for a 140-unit affordable housing apartment building.
The On Broadway complex, being developed by EAH Housing, should be completed in about 22 months, a company spokeswoman said. A ceremonial groundbreaking for the project is expected in a few weeks.
Company officials have previously said that 25% of the units in the $94 million project will be set aside for formerly homeless residents. The Broadway corridor is lined with long-standing businesses such as the Tower Theatre and Tower Cafe, the New Helvetia Brewing Company taproom, Selland’s restaurant and several other locally owned restaurants. But the area has struggled in recent years with concerns about public safety and homelessness, sparking outcry from some residents of nearby north Land Park.
The new development will help address Sacramento’s housing affordability crisis. Hundreds of new units that are affordable to low-income earners have recently opened or are under construction in the city. But an analysis by the Sacramento Area Council of Governments showed Sacramento needs to make room for more than 16,000 units of affordable housing this decade to meet demand.
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