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Published on November 08, 2023
Roseland Development Project Gains Momentum, Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Greenlights Demolition PhaseSource: Google Street View

Signifying progress for the much-anticipated Roseland Development Project, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors granted authorization for their Community Development Commission to initiate the demolition phase of the Tierra De Rosas project. Aiming to rectify historical disinvestment in Roseland, foster the creation of cost-efficient housing, and stimulate local economic growth, this project's commencement is projected for 2024, per the County of Sonoma news.

The preliminary demolition stage involves the destruction of the existing Dollar Tree store and Wind Toys buildings at the Roseland Village Shopping Center, clearing space for the subsequent Tierra De Rosas and Casa Roseland project constructions. Resource Environmental Inc., the contractor awarded with the demolition job valued at $315,000, is expected to start work on November 23.

Contributing essential elements to the Casa Roseland Project – an affordable housing initiative designed for households earning between 30 percent to 60 percent of the area's median income – the Tierra De Rosas project is pivotal.  Families of four who have earnings of $71,280 or less, would meet the criteria for the 75 housing units that will be available.

In September, the Community Development Commission informed the Board of Supervisors that they had raised adequate funds, exceeding $18 million, for the $40.5 million Tierra de Rosas project. The financial assistance was procured from a myriad of sources, encompassing a one-time board funding of $7.68 million, Third District infrastructure funds of $2 million, a matched $2 million grant from Ag and Open Space, and an additional $3 million from state budget disbursements via state Sen. Mike McGuire and Assemblymember Damon Connelly.

Mitote Food Park, the community hub located in Roseland, will maintain operations during the project's initial two phases. The third phase comprises the creation of a one-acre public plaza and lush greenery for public use. Discussions between the Community Development Commission and the park's operator about plausible relocation strategies and associated costs for Mitote Food Park are being held presently.

Supervisor Chris Coursey conveyed, "This progress toward the development of the Roseland Village project, which was born out of a community vision, marks a breakthrough in our collaborative response to the historical disinvestment that Roseland has endured." He further emphasized the project's intent to not just supply heartily needed affordable and market-rate housing, but also to revitalize the community hub and catalyze regional economic growth.