A vacant infill site in downtown San Rafael, comprising half a city block, was developed into 60 units of affordable housing. The units are clustered around three open plazas, one of which is a public alley developed into a parking court. Seven of the nine buildings sit above a concrete parking garage. The three story buildings contain both townhouses and flats. Every unit has two orientations for maximum sun exposure. The perimeter buildings are set close to the sidewalk, reinforcing the street edge, with individual unit entries. A bold color scheme was used to create variety and interest.