The city of Vallejo Thursday said it has begun negotiations with a developer for a mixed-use housing and commercial project on the city’s waterfront.
The preliminary concept of the Holliday Development in Emeryville and Vallejo-based Factory_OS project includes 130 new modular housing units and ground floor commercial space at 485 Santa Clara St., a city-owned site that housed a post office until it was demolished in 2019.
The project near the Vallejo Station transportation hub will be built around a new public parking garage that serves the waterfront, Vallejo Ferry passengers to San Francisco, commuters and downtown residents and visitors. The project’s location is a block from SolTrans’ direct shuttle service to BART El Cerrito del Norte station.
Rick Holliday, the founder of Holliday Development and co-founder of Factory_OS in 2017, said:
“We are excited to be partnering with the City of Vallejo during this pivotal moment in its history as it experiences an economic development resurgence.”
Since locating its multi-family, modular housing manufacturing headquarters on Mare Island in 2017, Factory_OS has created more than 275 union jobs on site where housing is produced 40 percent faster and 20 percent cheaper than conventional construction, the company said.
Holliday said in a news release:
“This is a unique opportunity to create local hire jobs and provide much needed obtainable housing for the North Bay.”
The city of Vallejo anticipates a negotiated agreement with Holliday Development and Factory_OS to come before the City Council for consideration in late spring 2020.