Affordable Housing Projects

Coldstream Commons

The Coldstream Commons Project, located adjacent to Donner State Park and the Elements Residential Development, opened in Fall 2021. The 48 units are restricted to income earners making 60% of the area median income (AMI) or below, which, for a family of two is under $40,000 per year.

The Coldstream Commons project also includes a new transit stop and pedestrian trail along Donner Pass Road with the specific goal of increasing transit ridership among residents, minimizing auto trips, and reducing GHG emissions. This housing development is equipped with an indoor bicycle storage area to encourage bicycle transportation among residents. Coldstream Commons received 13.5 million dollars in Cap-and-Trade funding through the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program (AHSC) which provides funding to affordable homes and sustainable communities, including bike and walking improvements, transit, and planning. Ensuring transit and jobs are in close proximity to housing of all income levels, especially low-income households who use transit most, is crucial to reducing vehicle miles traveled and GHG emissions.

Another notable feature of this project is a photovoltaic (PV) solar system that will be constructed on the roof of the community building. Infrastructure is in place to eventually connect electric vehicle chargers powered by the PV system.

Truckee Artist Lofts

Truckee Artist Lofts is a mixed-use, affordable housing community for artists and local workforce, located within the Truckee Railyard Project in downtown Truckee. The community includes 76 income-restricted rental apartments, ranging from studios to three-bedroom units, and ground floor commercial/retail space. The Lofts officially opened in Fall 2021.

Located on an infill site in easy walking distance to downtown businesses and public transit, this project is an example of strategically positioning higher density housing near downtown and public transit. When residents are able to do errands or commute without a private vehicle, the result can be a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. 

Truckee Artist Loft was designed to reach a Gold level certification with the Green Point Rated ( ) green building program, “creating a better environment from the inside out” by implementing a variety of green features including: 

  • Exceed energy code by 10% 
  • Job site construction waste diversion 
  • Green roof with resource efficient landscape 
  • Insulation with recycled content and no fire retardants 
  • Water efficient fixtures 
  • Solar Thermal hot water 
  • Environmentally preferred flooring 
  • Energy Star Appliances 
  • High efficacy lighting 
  • Universal Design Principals 

Frishman Hollow II

The Frishman Hollow II housing project includes 68 deed-restricted affordable housing units that opened in 2021. The units will be a mix of studios, one bedroom, two-bedroom, and three-bedroom apartments distributed across four buildings, located adjacent to the existing Phase 1 of Frishman Hollow, on the corner of Rue Ivy and Highway 89 (near Alder Creek Middle School).

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