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July 9, 2020
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Bella Creek, a new housing project

  • Bella Creek is in the process of getting off the ground. Photo by Yatin Shah

By: Irene Hilsendager
January 10, 2020

The new residential project at the northeast corner of Commerce Blvd. and Avram Ave. will soon be an actual housing development.

The 90 residential unit on 2.26 acres of land in the Central Priority Development area will sit on the old Rohnert Park City Hall and two other adjacent building sites that existed for many years and were demolished in 2016.

The owner of the property is Avram Partners LLC and the developer is Steven Scarpa. There will be seven units at a very low-income level but through the City of Rohnert Park’s density bonus program, the developer is able to add a total of 30 units by agreeing to set aside the seven units for households making 50 percent of the area median income or less. The project has proposed the 90 units split as such with 14 studios, 64 one-bedroom units, 8 two-bedroom units and 4 three-bedroom units. All units will have access to ample amenities such as an internal pool, club house, bicycle storage and close to SMART, access to shopping and other services. The buildings will be in height from three to four stories. 

There will be 104 proposed parking spaces for Bella Creek. Of the 104 spaces, five will be ADA spaces and ten will be EV charging spaces.

The soon to be building will be modern in appearance with a mix of natural redwood or cedar siding to be mixed with stucco as the primary finish.

Along Commerce Blvd. on the west edge of the project, the large C-shaped building will vary in height from three stories at the front near Avram Ave. to four stories in the back near the creek area. No balconies or outdoor spaces will face Commerce Blvd.

The four remaining buildings on the east side will also vary in height between the three and four stories. A large pool and cabana area will be tucked within the protected area created by the C-shaped building on the western end. Outdoor grilling space will also be provided along with ample landscaping.

Bella Creek will be connected to a transportation network. The adjacent Copeland Creek Trail and bike lanes will open up access to Rohnert Park, Sonoma State University and beyond. It will be about a ten-minute walk to the soon to be new SMART station.

After seeing weeds and black tarps for many months, it will be pleasant to hear and see that Bella Creek will be on its way to beautifying the corner of Avram Ave. and Commerce Blvd.