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The Ratkovich Company intends to use the “builder’s remedy” provision under California law to begin construction on the 790-unit Villages at The Alhambra

Ratkovich Will Use Builder’s Remedy for 790-Unit Alhambra Project

The Ratkovich Company (TRC) said it intends to use the “builder’s remedy” provision under California state law to secure permits and begin construction on the 790-unit Villages at The Alhambra. TRC chose to pursue the builder’s remedy after trying for nearly six years to secure approval through standard City of Alhambra processes, spanning more than 20 public hearings 

“Alhambra’s anti-housing policies are evidenced by the fact that the city permitted only 35% of the housing units (and essentially none for people with very-low, low, or moderate incomes) required between 2013 and 2021,” said TRC president & CEO Brian Saenger. “What is even more troubling is that over this same period, median home prices in Alhambra have skyrocketed to nearly $840,000.” 

The Villages will include 158 affordable housing units at the low-income level, meeting the requirements of the builder’s remedy, which allows projects to essentially bypass zoning requirements if they provide either 20% of low-income affordable units or 100% of moderate-income affordable units. 


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