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Logan Place opens, meeting need for low-cost housing

  • Jason Burr and his fiancĂ©e Nichole Ruys just moved into their apartment at Logan Place with their children, Bridget (right), Dakota (left) and Cadence. Not pictured is their daughter Alina, 2. (SCOTT MANCHESTER/ ARGUS-COURIER STAFF)

Jason Burr and Nichole Ruys have been waiting for a place of their own for more than two years, and last Tuesday, they got it.

That's when they began moving in, along with their four children, to Logan Place apartments, a 66-unit affordable housing complex, built by Burbank Housing, that celebrated its grand opening Monday. Before that, they'd been living at the Mary Isaak Center, Petaluma's homeless shelter.

“This is our place,” said Burr, who had to live separately from Ruys and her children during the two years the spent at the Mary Isaak Center. He said he enjoyed the act of moving the family's belongings into the new apartment. “There's a lot of freedom, we can make meals together, put our things where we think they should be.”

Burbank Housing's Logan Place

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Burr and Ruys, who are engaged and expecting another child in late February, had been looking for an apartment that they could afford and that would accommodate the size of their family. Logan Place was the first to meet those needs, and the company helped the couple resolve an outstanding credit problem so that they could sign a lease.

Logan Place, a $25 million project, consists of studios and one- to three-bedroom apartments meant for households with an annual income of $17,000 to $45,000. It's one of eight multi-family, affordable housing complexes in Petaluma and it's the first to be built in eight years, providing a measure of relief for those seeking low-cost housing in Petaluma.

“It's not a moment too soon,” said Mike Johnson, CEO of the Committee on the Shelterless, which runs the Mary Isaak Center. “It's filling a need in a really big way.”

That need is so great that about 750 people applied for one of the 66 units at Logan Place, according to Pascal Sisich, director of housing development for Burbank Housing.

The city's housing coordinator, Sue Castellucci, said Monday while the city has encouraged numerous affordable housing projects in recent decades, cheap rentals remain scarce in Petaluma. The rental vacancy rate in town is currently at about 2 percent.

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