The Railyards Breaks Ground on Senior Affordable Housing Project

An aerial rendering of The Railyards, including the site of future residential housing.

The Railyards Breaks Ground on Senior Affordable Housing Project

June 22, 2022 | By The Railyards

Construction is underway for another affordable housing project at The Railyards.

On June 27th, 2022, Mayor Darrell Steinberg joined the Wong Center Association, Mutual Housing California, LDK Ventures, and Councilmember Jeff Harris to break ground on a new affordable housing project at The Railyards. The project, Wong Center Senior Apartments, will be a four-story apartment building comprising 150 affordable units, a bocce court, a dog park, and community space.

Meeting the Needs of Unhoused Seniors in Sacramento

As an affordable housing project, Wong Center Senior Apartments will help provide housing to Sacramento citizens in need. A 2019 count found a 19% increase in homelessness in Sacramento from two years prior. Per Sacramento Councilmember Jeff Harris, who has long represented The Railyards, the homeless population of Sacramento has an average age of over 55. In this economic climate, seniors can be particularly vulnerable.

So what can we do about the challenge facing our city? At the groundbreaking, Mayor Darrell Steinberg stated, “the city’s role is to do everything in our power to increase the supply of affordable housing in our city.”

These 150 apartment units for low-income seniors will go to help meet the needs of aging Sacramentans searching for an affordable place to call home.

“The Wong Center has been a dream of ours for many years,” stated a representative for the Wong family. “Long ago, my parents taught us that the younger generation needs to take care of the older generation. That’s one thing we’ve never forgotten. Caring for our seniors in our community is an obligation that the Wong Center cares about, and ensuring that the aging population can live in dignity in a safe environment.”


Leading with Affordable Housing at The Railyards

Wong Center Senior Apartments is one of two affordable housing projects currently under construction at The Railyards. The first, The AJ, broke ground in Summer 2020.

Denton Kelly, Managing Principal for LDK Ventures, the real estate development company behind The Railyards, emphasizes that this groundbreaking is part of a larger commitment to affordable housing. “We are leading with affordable housing. Our first two projects - The AJ that’s behind you, and The Wong Center on the ground we stand on today, are both affordable housing projects. So we don’t just talk about delivering affordable housing, we are delivering affordable housing. We are delivering on our vision and the city’s vision of housing for all of the residents of Sacramento. That’s what we’re committed to.”

Wong Center Senior Apartments is just one of several projects that will transform The Railyards and Downtown Sacramento in the years to come. Mayor Steinberg said it best: “If anyone asks, ‘what’s happening at the Railyards, ‘ come on out and see for yourself - it’s housing, it’s the beautiful courthouse, it’s soccer, it’s live entertainment. You can finally see, after many decades, the transformation that is just beginning.”

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