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February 25, 2020
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Council to consider 150-unit housing project

(This stretch of land, formerly an auto wrecking yard in Watsonville behind Ramsay Park between Harkins Slough Road and Ohlone Parkway, is where 150 units of stand alone homes and apartments are proposed. Photo by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian)

WATSONVILLE — The Watsonville City Council will consider approving a project Tuesday that would add 150 housing units off of Ohlone Parkway.

California Sunshine Development is looking to build 23 single-family homes, 40 duplex-style townhouse units and 87 row-style townhouse units on a 13-acre site at 511 Ohlone Parkway.

The developer is currently constructing the 87-unit Sunshine Gardens project adjacent to the property.

The site formerly housed a junkyard, which had been operating there since the 1960s. According to Principal Planner Justin Meek, the area was cleared of vehicles and structures in early 2017.

The Watsonville Planning Commission unanimously recommended the project on June 6. That meeting drew a few neighbors, one of whom spoke out against the project, citing concerns with traffic.

Also during Tuesday’s meeting, the council will consider approving the city’s budget for the next year.


The Watsonville City Council will meet Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 275 Main St., fourth floor. To view the agenda, visit


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