Last updated: May 19, 2022

Project name: Pacific Station

  • Location: At Pacific Avenue and Front Street, where the current downtown bus station is. The bus station would reorient to face Front Street.
  • Status: The Santa Cruz City Council approved the two projects to be streamlined. The votes were in January 2021 and August 2020. Both projects also received coastal permits from the Zoning Administrator. State law AB2162 allows affordable housing to be streamlined. These projects would not return to the city council unless the coastal permits are appealed. Construction is expected to begin summer 2022.
  • Developer: Nonprofit developers For the Future Housing (Pacific Station South) and First Community Housing (Pacific Station North)
  • Status: The project’s official groundbreaking took place on May 19, 2022.

A 100% affordable housing project is planned on Pacific Avenue at the site of the downtown Santa Cruz bus station. (For the Future Housing)

The Santa Cruz Metro bus station from Pacific Avenue in February 2022. (Brian Phan — Santa Cruz Local)

Project description

  • Total units: This project includes a total of up to 179 affordable units above ground-floor commercial space. The proposal includes a new downtown Pacific Station Metro bus station and medical office space.
  • Affordable units: All housing units would be affordable. City leaders have split this project into two: Pacific Station North and Pacific Station South.
    • Pacific Station North (between Pacific Avenue and Front Street, north of Maple Alley):  A seven-story building with 94 affordable units with offices, stores and the Santa Cruz Metro office and bus ticket windows. The project also includes up to 22 bus bays and a canopy. Elm Alley would cut through the site.
    • Pacific Station South (between Pacific Avenue and Front Street, south of Maple Alley): A seven-story building with 85 affordable units above ground-floor stores or restaurants. A medical office is also planned. Housing units are a mix of studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units.
    • It’s possible the number of units and bedrooms could change as funding is determined.
  • Height: Seven stories for Pacific Station South and Pacific Station North.
  • Details: The project does not include on-site parking. State law allows developers of affordable housing projects like these to not build any parking. No parking requirements make affordable housing projects easier and cheaper to build, but adds responsibility on parking districts to meet demand.

The property now has bus lanes from Pacific Avenue to Front Street. (City of Santa Cruz)

Plans call for more than 175 homes above shops. (For the Future Housing)

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How to make your voice heard: submit comments and questions on the City of Santa Cruz project application page for Pacific Station North and Pacific Station South.

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