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Sonrisa (1322 O Street)

Sonrisa (1322 O Street) consists of 58 microunit apartments with 1,300 SF of ground floor community space. 100% units will be affordable at low and very low income levels.

The project is a centrally located one block south of the State Capitol on an underutilized infill site with exceptional public transit accessibility, walkability, and proximity to jobs and services. Sonrisa is the first project to break ground under Executive Order N-06-19 for Affordable Housing Development, which prioritizes affordable housing development on excess State-owned property and pursuit of sustainable, innovative, and cost-effective construction methods. The Zero Net Energy building envelope will be constructed as a five-story Type-IIIB using cross-laminated timber for the horizontal components of the building.  The project will be built on  a concrete mat slab foundation.

The project has been made feasible through multiple layers of public financing including a development ground lease with the CA Dept. of General Services, a Capitol Area Development Authority loan, tax credits and bonds, and a CA Dept. of Housing and Community Development Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Program loan.

The project was one of the most competitive TOD Program applicants, for which it was awarded $10 million. The project sponsor also collaborated with SacRT on two companion TOD infrastructure grant applications, which were awarded over $2 million to further the Light Rail Modernization Project at the 13th Street and Archives Plaza stations.

Unit Mix:

  • Fifty-eight (58) 267 SF small-studio units

Affordability Mix & Unit Breakdown

Rent Level No. of Units Rents % of Total Units 2021 Annual Income Not to Exceed
40% AMI 22 $635 38% $25,400
50% AMI 28 $794 48% $31,750
60% AMI 7 $952 12% $38,100
Mgr.’s Unit 1 2%
Total 58 100%


Unit Amenities:

  • Universal accessibility
  • High quality no or very low VOC building materials & interior finishes
  • Individual controlled HVAC system
  • High ceilings with floor to ceiling windows to optimize natural daylight
  • Window blinds for solar control
  • Electric cooktop, convection microwave, and refrigerator

Site Amenities:

  • 1,300 SF ground floor community space
  • On-site management
  • Landscaped low water demand ground level courtyard
  • Community kitchen with outdoor 5th-floor terrace
  • Secure bicycle storage room
  • Bicycle racks on O Street for visitors


  • 100% electric
  • Carbon sequestering mass timber construction
  • Zero-combustion full electrification strategies
  • Sub-metered centralized heat pump water heating and HVAC system
  • Full building commissioning
  • Extremely low-water demand landscape materials
  • Onsite storm water quality retention/detention/percolation
  • High ceilings to allow temperature stratification in natural ventilation mode
  • Floor to ceiling windows to optimize natural daylight
  • Window blinds for solar control
  • Electric cooktops
  • Targeting operational Carbon neutrality
  • No or very low VOC building materials and cleaning components

Developer: A partnership between the Capitol Area Community Development Corporation and CFY Development

Architect: Williams + Paddon Architects + Planners

General Contractor: Tricorp Group

Civil: Cartwright Nor Cal

Structural: Holmes Structures

Electrical: Edge Electrical Consulting


Landscape Architect: Yamasaki Landscape Architecture

Massing/Height: Five stories

Acres: 0.26 

Estimated Total Development Costs: $20.9 million

Construction Period: June 2021 to Winter 2022/23

Funding Provided by: Capitol Area Development Authority; California Department of Housing and Community Development; California Housing Financing Agency; California Tax Credit Allocation Committee; California Debt Limit Allocation Committee; WNC & Associates, Inc; and JPMorgan Chase Bank

CADA Contact:

Renee Funston, Development Manager