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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 five-story building will be constructed as a 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 Max Income
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:

  • Fully adaptable for accessibility
  • High quality building materials & interior finishes
  • Individual controlled HVAC system
  • High ceilings with floor to ceiling windows to optimize natural daylight and temperature stratification
  • Ceiling fans
  • Window blinds for solar control
  • Electric cooktop, convection microwave, and refrigerator

Site Amenities:

  • 1,300 SF ground floor community space
  • On-site management
  • Community kitchen with a 5th-floor terrace
  • Secure bicycle storage room
  • Bicycle racks on O Street for visitors


  • 100% electric ahead of the City of Sacramento 2026 requirement
  • Carbon sequestering mass timber construction
  • Sub-metered centralized heat pump water heating and HVAC system
  • Full building commissioning
  • Low-water demand landscape materials
  • Permeable landscaped area that directs surface stormwater runoff from paved areas to the landscaping to promote infiltration and detention
  • Low VOC building materials
  • Participation in SMUD programs for use of renewable energy sources

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
[email protected]