Sausalito will retain the services of an architect to undertake a $200,000 renovation of a dwelling bequeathed to the town.

The City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to immediate metropolis staff to come across an architect to develop renovation options for the home. The city will use reserve resources to finance design.

The home’s former operator, Dorothy Gibson, gifted the a single-bedroom, just one-tub, 1,200-sq.-foot home at 429 1/2 Johnson St. to the town soon after her loss of life. The home is deed restricted and need to serve as small- or reasonable-earnings housing for full-time metropolis personnel, like first responders.

The council has also thought of furnishing at least one particular home as component of a pilot plan to a man or woman in transitional housing applying the Marin Housing Authority voucher system. That human being also would be in an work program with the metropolis.

Advancements getting thought of involve a first-ground restroom compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act the installation of a bedroom on the next ground and a achievable conversion of a downstairs garage to livable room. The town mentioned that with the enhancements the property could accommodate two or 3 very low- to average-cash flow apartments. 1 of the flats might be regarded an accent dwelling device or a junior accessory dwelling unit.

Community Will work Director Kevin McGowan claimed the get the job done could also incorporate updating the electrical program and introducing kitchenettes on the decrease amount of the dwelling. He mentioned ADA updates would also be demanded on the outside stairs in order for occupancy to be permitted there.

A property inspection done in April 2021 indicated that additional function may well be vital on the roof, siding, furnace and deck.

The expense of the development is believed to be $167,812.50. The progress of the prepare is envisioned to get three to 6 months.

Councilmember Jill Hoffman mentioned she arrived at out to the Rotary Club, Lions Club and Sausalito Beautiful about how they could guide with design.

“I would assume we would get support from our community in get to deliver construction charges down,” she stated.

Vice Mayor Melissa Blaustein urged the council to search into grants or other selections to assist with the funding.

The city’s real estate manager, Mike Wagner, claimed he explored financing alternatives through banking institutions, but the estimated challenge value was far too very low. He stated expenditures connected with securing financing would be prohibitively highly-priced.

The city believed industry-charge rent at $5,000 to $6,000 per month. For the reason that the home should be small-profits, the metropolis expects to get involving $1,650 to $1,980 per month.

Gibson, an creator and social employee, died in 2019 at the age of 95.