Study Finds Potential for More Housing Options Downtown

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News Date: 
July 12, 2017
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With shops, restaurants, and other amenities within strolling distance, downtowns are an increasingly popular place to live. Salinas can follow in that trend, a report from Economic & Planning Systems, Inc (EPS) finds, as there is currently the potential for 500 new residential units in the downtown area over the next five years. On Tuesday, July 11, City Council accepted the Downtown Housing Target Market Analysis (HTMA). The HTMA provides the data to support the city revising its strategies and policies to encourage investment in new units at a time when more housing options are critically needed in Salinas and throughout California. According to the analysis, there is the demand for multiple types of housing opportunities downtown, including townhouses and condominiums, for rent or for ownership, in addition to apartments. Developing an adaptive reuse ordinance and revising the zoning code, both to permit development flexibility, are examples of action steps recommended in the Analysis.