About 14 citizens attended a public meeting Thursday evening to hear more about a senior housing project proposed for the old Vega Center property at 1511 Robinson St.
A half-dozen neighbors of the property voiced concerns about the project during the discussion that at times erupted into heated opposition.
Several city staff members, the city administrator, one city councilor, and a member of the Oroville Redevelopment Agency also attended.
Petaluma Ecumenical Properties has proposed the 50-unit senior housing project that would be funded by a variety of federal and state funding mechanisms for affordable housing.
“We’re doing this, so we can kind of introduce this to the community,” said Jim Langford, PEP housing and operations director.
Ecumenical Properties is a nonprofit established by several churches in Petaluma in 1978 to build affordable housing for low-income seniors.
Some of the main concerns voiced by neighbors were the number of housing units proposed in the primarily single-family neighborhood, the height of the three-story buildings, the setback of the buildings from the street, parking, crime and the impact of the project on property values.
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