A rendering of the proposed six-story apartment complex.

A 51-unit affordable apartment complex is proposed at 136 River St. in Santa Cruz. (Ten Over Studio rendering)

Last updated: February 2024

Project name: 136 River Street Apartments

Location: 136 River St. 

The site was formerly home to Outdoor World, at the corner of River and Lindberg streets.

A map showing 136 River St., the site of a proposed affordable housing project.


  • The Santa Cruz Zoning Administrator approved the project on Jan. 17, 2024. At the meeting, several neighbors said they were concerned that residents would take up scarce street parking. If the project is appealed, it would be considered by the Santa Cruz Planning Commission.
  • A community meeting with developers and city planners was held Nov. 13, 2023, to discuss the project, answer questions and gather feedback. The developer owns the building and submitted plans to the city Oct. 6, 2023.


The San Jose-based For the Future Housing.

Project description

  • Total units: 51.
  • Affordable units: 38 very-low-income units, 12 low-income units, and one manager’s unit.
  • Height: Six stories, 71 feet. 
  • Details: The proposal includes 1,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor. No vehicle parking is planned for the development.
The building at 136 River St. was home to local camping supply store Outdoor World.

136 River St. was home to local camping supply store Outdoor World. Plans submitted include demolishing the building. (Tyler Maldonado — Santa Cruz Local)

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Submit comments and questions on the City of Santa Cruz project page for 136 River St.

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