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First Net-Zero Energy Apartments Planned in South Sacramento

Housing 120 units, the first net-zero energy transit-oriented development complex in South Sacramento will feature a rooftop farm and resident-run onsite bicycle repair.
July 30, 2014, 10am PDT | Maayan Dembo | @DJ_Mayjahn
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Mutual Housing California, a Sacramento based non-profit affordable housing developer, is planning a seven-acre transit-oriented development to house 120 unit in South Sacramento, an area with large empty lots and sprawling suburbs. Mutual Housing reports the development will have the first rooftop farm in the area as well, which is primarily intended to create jobs for residents.

The development's proximity to bike trails also lends itself to housing a resident-run bicycle repair facility, along with a bike purchase and sharing program. In addition, according to the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG), a future long distance rapid transit line will connect the area to downtown.

"Our vision is to be as green as possible while creating as many job opportunities and work experience for the residents as possible,” said Rachel Iskow, CEO of Mutual Housing California. “This development has those components and more."

The development's planning was made possible by a grant from Enterprise Community Partners Inc.

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Published on Monday, July 28, 2014 in Sacramento Bee
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