Luxury Homes Beginning in Mill District Development in Healdsburg

43 luxury apartments and condominiums are being built in the Mill district of Healdsburg, a $500 million residential and commercial project that will reconfigure the main gateway to downtown.

The new homes, which range in price from about $1 million to $8.5 million, are due to be completed in about two years. Almost half are already sold out, according to Vancouver-based developer Replay Destinations.

“After years of design and approvals, we are now moving trailers and heavy equipment on site and ready for construction,” David Hill, managing director of development, said in a statement. “In the next few weeks, we will begin excavating the underground car park for our first residences, and once they start, the Mill District will rise rapidly.”

The 9.6-acre Mill District complex, which is slated to include more than 200 homes as well as restaurants, retail stores and a hotel, is expected to be completed by 2028.

At the beginning of 2021, work began on utilities, public streets and sidewalks to make way for the project at the historic lumber yard site along Healdsburg Street.

Last summer, construction crews on the site set out to open 41 low-income rental apartments. At least half of these one-, two-, and three-bedroom units will be provided to renters earning less than 50% of Sonoma County’s median annual income — $59,400 for a family of four and about $41,600 per person.

Eight apartments will be allocated to those earning less than 30% of the median annual income, or $35,650 for a family of four and $25,000 for an individual. Tenants interested in these units can apply now online or by contacting the Sonoma County Housing Authority by July 1.

Eden Housing, the Hayward-based non-profit developer, is responsible for accepting applications for the remaining low-income units as they become available.

All the affordable units are expected to be completed later this year.

Healdsburg officials promoted affordable housing coming to expand workforce housing in one of North Bay’s most expensive markets.

“Studies show that a mix of income in different areas, including affordable condominiums, makes a community healthier, rather than accumulating certain incomes in a certain area,” Stephen Sotomayor, director of housing for Healdsburg, told The Press Democrat in 2020. “.

According to a recent report from the California Housing Partnership, renters in Sonoma County need to make at least $37 an hour — more than twice the minimum wage in Healdsburg — to comfortably afford an average monthly rent of $1,934.

The median price for a single-family home in Healdsburg was just over $1 million in May, according to data from local Compass real estate agent Jim Michaelsen.

Additionally, in the Mill District, 128 homes – a mix of condos for sale and middle income units for rent – will be built over the next few years to comply with the city’s Growth Management Act.

The final component of the project is a 53-room luxury hotel in two to four-story buildings, with 15,000 square feet of commercial retail space occupying the ground floors.

The hotel will feature a restaurant, as well as a swimming pool and fitness center that will be shared with Mill area residents. Room rates are expected to range between $500 and $800 a night, compared to the Healdsburg Hotel, which is just a few blocks away.

You can reach staff writer Ethan Varian at [email protected] or 707-521-5412. On Twitter ethanvarian

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