Last updated: 5 p.m. September 3, 2021

Project name: Library Mixed-Use Project

  • Location: The Downtown Farmers Market parking lot at Cedar and Cathcart streets.
  • Status: Approved by Santa Cruz City Council in June 2020. Construction could start in early 2023 and take two years.
  • Developer: Affordable housing developers: Eden Housing and For the Future of Housing Inc.  Owner’s representative: Griffin Structures will lead selection of the rest of the developer team.

A mixed-use library, affordable housing, and parking garage is planned at Cedar and Cathcart streets. (Rendering: Group 4 Architecture)

Project description

  • Details: This project calls for a new one-story library, 50 to 107 affordable housing units and a maximum 400-space parking garage at Cedar and Cathcart streets, where the downtown farmers market meets.
  • Market-rate housing: The project may include market-rate housing, but that decision has not yet been made. “It has not been finalized, but the team is leaning toward 100% affordable [housing] based on current financing options,” a city spokeswoman Elizabeth Smith wrote in a July 8 email to Santa Cruz Local.
  • Farmers Market location: City leaders will resume discussions to permanently move the farmers market to another location, possibly a parking lot at Front and Cathcart streets.
  • Existing library site: City leaders have begun a public process to consider options for the existing library at 224 Church St. Based on public feedback, a consultant team recommended:
    • Affordable housing
    • Community-oriented (not commercial) ground-floor options
    • A civic plaza or park focused on daily uses for downtown residents, such as a dog park
    • Potential to host the downtown farmers market

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