Case Studies & Examples / Housing

“NIMBY group uses CEQA lawsuit to stop affordable housing project for seniors”

Februaty 6th, 2013

By CEQA Working Group

Sacramento Senior Homes is located at the corner of Sacramento Street and Blake Street in Berkeley, CA. This 40-unit infill housing project serves very low income senior citizens, many of whom were homeless before moving into the new building. Low-income senior housing is desperately needed in Berkeley, and was stated as a high priority of the city.

The site of the proposed project was an empty lot which contained a graffiti-laden abandoned storefront. Years earlier a gas-station had existed on the lot and extensive environmental studies had confirmed the site was clear of any hazardous material.

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