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Cesar Chavez Plaza Celebrates Grand Opening

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On Saturday, October 15th at noon, Cesar Chavez Plaza will celebrate its Grand Opening. Cesar Chavez Plaza is a community of 52 one bedroom apartments at 1220 Olive Drive in Davis. The public is invited to attend. The grand opening celebration will include the naming of the Helen M. Thomson Community Room and the unveiling of a 100 sq ft mural by Susan Shelton honoring Cesar Chavez to kick off fundraising for the Cesar Chavez Resident’s Fund. Among the Invited Speakers are Senator Lois Wolk; Interim Director of the California Department of Housing and Community Development; Cathy Creswell; Supervisor Don Saylor; Davis Mayor Joe Krovoza; Former Supervisor Helen M. Thomson; Rick Gonzalez of the Yolo County Concilio; Yolo County Housing & New Hope CDC Executive Director, Lisa Baker and others.

Artist Susan Shelton works on the Cesar Chavez Plaza mural ©

Please consider being a sponsor of the mural by donating to the Cesar Chavez Resident’s Fund. All donations of $500 and above will be personally matched up to $5,000 by David Thompson, President of the Twin Pines Cooperative Foundation. For information visit  Kicking off donations are; Cunningham Engineering; Rich Collins; Maria Mindlin; Mogavero Notestine; Nehemiah Reinvestment Fund; Dean Newberry/Talbott Solar; Helen M. Thomson, David J. Thompson, Mariko Yamada & Yolo Federal Credit Union.

Close-up of Shelton mural ©

Good things to know about Cesar Chavez Plaza

The highest, the largest, the least, the most and …

Highest scoring application …

In a statewide competition for affordable housing funds, Cesar Chavez Plaza was the highest scoring non-urban applicant in California.

Largest ever grant …

Cesar Chavez Plaza is the recipient of the largest ever grant to an affordable housing project in Davis by the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco. On behalf of the project, River City Bank applied for and won a grant of $477,000. This is River City Bank’s first ever grant won for affordable housing in Davis.

The least City funds ever needed per unit…

This 53 apartment affordable community required the least amount of City funding per unit of any affordable housing project built in Davis. Cesar Chavez Plaza needed only $400,000 from the City of Davis ($7,547 per apartment) the remainder of the financing, $10.1 million came from non-city sources. So of the $10.5 million in project costs, City funds are less than 4% of the total.

Cesar Chavez Plaza, Davis, CA ©

The most visitable apartments in Davis …

All 27 lower floor apartments are handicapped visitable and built as fully adaptable. This is the highest amount of handicapped visitable and adaptable apartments in any Davis affordable housing project.

Path to Community Center ©

First workforce housing for downtown employees …

There are between 3,500 and 4,000 jobs in downtown Davis and Cesar Chavez Plaza is a ten minute walk or short bicycle ride away. These are the first affordable one bedroom apartments ever built in the downtown. There are 166 people on the waiting list for the 18 units available to those at 25% of median income. Go to to learn more.

The land for Cesar Chavez Plaza was donated by the Youmans family to meet the affordable housing requirement of the Lexington Apartments.

Cesar Chavez Plaza is a cooperative joint venture of Davis Community Meals, Neighborhood Partners LLC, and New Hope Community Development Corporation.

Cesar Chavez Plaza is funded by a number of different sources; HCD, CALHFA and the City of Davis. Equity funding has been provided by the National Equity Fund. Predevelopment funding was provided by Yolo County Housing and the Nehemiah Reinvestment Fund.


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