A three-story, 40-unit housing complex is one of two live oak apartment proposals that take advantage of the Builder's Remedy.

A three-story, 40-unit apartment complex is proposed at 841 Capitola Road in Live Oak. (Workbench)

Last updated: April 2024

Location: 841 Capitola Road

The site is in Live Oak near Seventh Avenue. The site and surrounding area is zoned for single-family homes.

A map of 841 Capitola Road


  • Developers have submitted a pre-application to Santa Cruz County planners. A full application will be submitted by mid-June, said Workbench President Tim Gordin.


Santa Cruz-based Workbench.

A house stands at 841 Capitola Road.

A home at 841 Capitola Road could be replaced by a three-story building with 28 apartments. (Jesse Kathan — Santa Cruz Local)

Project description

  • Total units: 28. An earlier version of the project had 40 units and took advantage of a state rule known as the Builder’s Remedy. Workbench developers said on May 2 that they decided to reduce the number of units.
  • Unit types: The three-story building is a mix of one- and two-bedroom apartments. 
  • Affordable units: Two “very-low-income” units and two “moderate-income” units. Income levels for affordable housing are set annually by the state and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
  • Height: 37 feet.
  • Details: The May 2024 version of the proposal takes advantage of SB 35, a state law that allows projects to be approved without public input if they meet the county’s “objective standards” for development.

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