Depot at Santiago

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The Depot at Santiago workforce housing is a mixed-use, transit-oriented development that will be built on a 1.35-acre infill site near the Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center (SARTC), a major hub of public transit within Orange County.

With the new neighborhood’s affordable rents, residents with incomes that range from 30% to 60% of area median income (AMI) will be able to live closer to where they work, thus decreasing the need to commute by private vehicle.

The Depot at Santiago will include 70 apartments, a 3,000 square-foot community room, and approximately 8,500 square feet of retail space, including the project leasing office. Architecturally, the Depot at Santiago elevations follow the Transit Zoning Code’s “California Contemporary” vernacular and provides a slightly more animated counter point to the Santiago Street Lofts across North Santiago. The glazing patterns here are more extroverted to engage the street and present a friendlier façade to passersby and the surrounding neighborhoods.

There are two principal buildings on site, which will encompass 14 one-bedroom, 29 two-bedroom, and 27 three bedroom apartment units. The first and most prominent building is a four story “L” shaped, mixed-use building organized around the corner of Santa Ana Boulevard and Santiago. All of the retail space is on the ground floor and the building’s eastern face opens onto a large outdoor plaza for community events and public art. The customer parking is set behind the building, which shields the parking area from the street view. The second building is comprised entirely of the 49 remaining apartments and the Depot at Santiago’s community room. A 20-foot setback also allows for emergency vehicle access across turf block “common use gardens” and a portion of the central courtyard. All of the residential parking is situated beneath the site in a subterranean podium parking structure at a ratio of 2.25 stalls per unit.




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