519 4th Street Housing Development


An affordable-housing developer is proposing to construct a six-story complex with 56 apartments on a city-owned lot in downtown San Rafael. Half of the dwellings would be reserved as supportive housing for formerly homeless residents, according to the preliminary application from Abode Housing Development. The quarter-acre site  is located at 519 Fourth St. between Irwin Street and Grand Avenue.

The City of San Rafael (City) solicited proposals for the development of affordable housing on a city [1] owned property located at 519 4th Street. This site is in a prime location, within San Rafael’s vibrant and walkable downtown, two blocks from San Rafael’s Transit Center, and near multiple grocery stores and education facilities. The City of San Rafael is committed to meeting the housing needs of all its residents, including those with lower incomes or special housing needs. Housing & Homelessness is one of the San Rafael City Council's four policy focus areas, including creating new housing and using a "Housing First" model. Sites such as this on publicly-owned land present some of the best opportunities in the city for deeply affordable units.

Information on this project, including public outreach and comment opportunities, will be updated as that information becomes available.