Construction continues on a 65-unit housing complex next to Calvary Episcopal Church in downtown Santa Cruz in late November 2023. (Stephen Baxter – Santa Cruz Local)

Last updated: December 2023

Project name: Cedar Street apartments

Location: 525 Cedar St.

The property is between Center and Cedar streets. Before the project, the property was a surface parking lot next to Calvary Episcopal Church at 532 Center St., Santa Cruz. City documents list the project addresses on the 500 block of Center Street. 


The complex is expected to open to tenants in February 2024. A lottery was held for prospective tenants in November 2023.


SC Cedar Street Apts LP – Matt Tunney.

Project description

  • Total residential units: 65.
  • Affordable units: All of the units are expected to be affordable with income limits set by the state. Twenty-five percent of the units will be permanent supportive housing, developer Matt Tunney said.
  • Rent: Rents are expected to start at $1,457 for a one-bedroom unit and $2,415 for a three-bedroom unit, according to the John Stewart Co.
  • Height: 48 feet 6 inches.
  • Details: The project will have affordable housing, permanent supportive housing, a public walkway and 2,210 square feet of retail space.
  • Background: The site previously was a city parking lot that church leaders had leased to the city, Tunney said. Construction began in August 2022 and is expected to finish by January 2024, developer Matt Tunney said. A design permit was conditionally approved on May 12, 2022.

Sixty-five homes and shops are being constructed on what was a parking lot next to Calvary Episcopal Church. (Nik Altenberg – Santa Cruz Local)

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Construction continues at 525 Cedar St. in late November. It is expected to open to tenants in February 2024. (Stephen Baxter – Santa Cruz Local)

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