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City of Santa Ana
Tuesday November 1st, 2016 :: 05:38 p.m. PDT


California Strategic Growth Council Approves $12M for the Santa Ana Arts Collective

The City of Santa Ana is pleased to announce that the California Strategic Growth Council has awarded $12,028,626 in cap and trade funding from the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) Program to the Santa Ana Arts Collective.

The AHSC Program is one of the California Climate Investment programs financed by the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund using proceeds from the state’s cap-and-trade auctions. The program provides grants and loans for capital development projects, including affordable housing development and transportation improvements that encourage walking, bicycling, and transit use resulting in fewer passenger vehicle miles travelled.

The Santa Ana Arts Collective (SAAC) is located at 1666 North Main Street and will repurpose a 1968 commercial building into 57 units of affordable housing, ranging from studios to one-, two- and three-bedroom units. SAAC will have several on-site amenities including an art gallery, music room, performing-arts room, media lab, community garden and bicycle parking. AHSC funds will also provide a grant to convert Bush Street, one block from the Santa Ana Arts Collective project, into a bike and pedestrian enhanced street that will provide a safer route to Downtown Santa Ana. The award adds tens of millions of grant-funds to traffic safety projects administered by the City during the last five years.

Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido states, “Thanks to careful planning and dedicated leadership from elected officials and City staff, Santa Ana will use this investment to catalyze new affordable housing construction, promote new economic development opportunities for artists, and encourage more sustainable transportation choices.”

Mayor Pro Tem Sarmiento adds, “The Santa Ana Arts Collective is a testament of the City’s progressive development strategy that supports sustainable housing opportunities while preserving arts & culture; a model investment.”

Regarding the award, Councilwoman Martinez states, “This investment in Santa Ana will improve access to housing, transit, jobs and other opportunities, while advancing climate and health equity and creating a more livable, vibrant community. As the Board Chair of the Southern California Association of Governments, this is an extremely important priority for both our community and region as a whole.”

With over 334,000 residents, Santa Ana is the fourth-densest city in the United States and serves as a unique gathering place for artists, entrepreneurs, and central Orange County’s creative class. The project was one of 25 projects awarded out of a total pool of 85 applications, and the only project awarded in Orange County. Out of two rounds of funding for this State program, this is the 2nd award received for a project in the City of Santa Ana.

For more information about this award, please visit or contact Mackenzie Wieser, Strategic Growth Council External Communications, at (916) 327-4737 or by e-mail at

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