by Hayley Wrubel

"It was a long time coming, but work has started on the newest affordable-housing development in the Valley. On Friday, MidPen Housing, the Foster City based nonprofit developer, and the county held a ceremonial groundbreaking on the 6.4-acre site at 17310 Sonoma Highway.

Some three-dozen county officials and invited guests heard the history of the project, and saw renderings of what it will look like when it’s finished.

Phase I, which is under construction, will have 60 one-, two- and three-bedroom low-income family apartments when it opens some time late in the fall of 2016. And Phase II will have 40 low-income one-bedroom apartments for seniors. 

There will also be a community garden, a shared playground with the Sonoma Charter School and an easement for the Central Sonoma Valley Trail.

There will also be a 6,400-square-foot commercial building called Vailetti Square."

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