The County of Marin has approved the purchase of the motel formerly known as the America’s Best Value Inn (1591 Casa Buena Drive) with grant funding through Project Homekey and other County housing program funds for the purpose of providing 18 units of permanent supportive housing for individuals experiencing homelessness. While this is not a Town project, and the Town does not have jurisdiction over the sale of privately owned property, Town staff will continue to facilitate public discussions related to Project Homekey and the pending transfer of ownership of the intended housing project at 1591 Casa Buena Drive.
The Marin County Board of Supervisors first heard this item at their meeting on October 20th and voted to adopt a resolution issuing a notice of intent to purchase the motel site at 1591 Casa Buena Drive. County staff brought this item back to the Board of Supervisors at their November 10th meeting for consideration of the proposed purchase and sale agreement, with an escrow closure date of November 18, 2020. The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the agreement, and recognized the need to work with the Town of Corte Madera and its residents, through the soon to be established working group (see below for instructions on how to apply), to develop a strategic plan for what success looks like for the Town of Corte Madera. View the Meeting agenda for the November 10, 2020 meeting (see item 8), Staff Report, Attachments. Guidelines for how to participate in future Board of Supervisors meetings can be found here. As more information regarding the County of Marin's Project Homekey program becomes available it can be found on the County's website here.
At its Monday, November 2nd Town Council meeting, Town Councilmembers and staff, with input from many Corte Madera community members, outlined a framework of necessary conditions and actions that would be prerequisites to the County of Marin’s proposal to successfully develop an interim and permanent supportive housing project for homeless individuals at the proposed site. Following that meeting, the draft framework was presented to County representatives to evaluate community input and address our collective concerns. The Town is in active communications with the County regarding this project and is advocating what success looks like for our residents.
A joint news release from the County of Marin Health and Human Services and the Town of Corte Madera was published on Friday, November 6th. The news release outlines the framework of collaboration and action that the Town and the County have agreed upon, and also includes a fact sheet that defines the phases in which the property would be converted to housing for people experiencing homelessness.
Please see the below resources regarding how to obtain additional information and how to get involved.
The Town Seeks to Establish a Project Homekey Working Group:
View the proposed scope of the working group here.
Apply to be considered for appointment to the Committee, this Committee will be open until filled. First review of applications is expected the week of November 16th, for all applications received by 5pm on Monday, November 16th.