A dental clinic on the 1500 block of Capitola Road under construction in June 2022. The clinic is part of Bienestar Plaza, a project that includes affordable housing and two health clinics in Live Oak. (Stephen Baxter — Santa Cruz Local file)
Last updated: April 2023
Project name: Bienestar Plaza
Location: 1520 Capitola Road
Near the intersection of Capitola Road and 17th Avenue.
Housing construction is underway and expected to be completed by fall 2023. Construction of the two clinics is complete. The Santa Cruz County supervisors approved the project in November 2019. Construction began in 2021.
The Foster City-based MidPen Housing Corp., a nonprofit affordable housing developer.
- Affordable units: This project calls for 57 units of affordable housing on the 1500 block of Capitola Road in Live Oak.
- Health Clinics: The project will include two clinics: a Dientes Community Dental Care and a Santa Cruz Community Health Center.
- Details: The project includes 192 parking spaces between the new buildings and a row of homes on Leila Court.
- Housing applications: Applications will be accepted from Monday, April 24 to May 12, 2023. A leasing office is expected to open Monday at St. Stephens Apartments at 2510 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. More information is available in English and Spanish, as well as answers to frequently asked questions. Fifty-seven new homes have been built behind health and dental clinics on 3.6 acres, according to the Housing for Health Partnership. Housing Choice voucher holders will occupy 25 units. People on the MidPen waitlist will occupy 16 units, and the remaining units will be chosen by a lottery of income-qualified applicants.
The 1500 Capitola Road project near 17th Avenue calls for 57 units of affordable housing and two clinics. (Wald, Ruhnke & Dost Architects)
A 57-unit affordable housing complex is expected to finish construction in fall 2023 near Capitola Road and 17th Avenue in Live Oak. (Wald, Ruhnke & Dost Architects)
Construction continues at 1500 Capitola Road in Live Oak in February 2022. (Stephen Baxter — Santa Cruz Local)
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