With the recent influx of federal funding, $1.3 million worth of energy efficiency upgrades are scheduled for installation at Golden Gate Village in Marin City by the end of 2023. More than 500 exterior light fixtures in parking lots, structures and pathways–most of them over 60 years old–will be replaced with new, energy-efficient LED systems.
Included in the $1.7 trillion spending package that cleared Congress on December 29 was $650,000 for the Golden Gate Village upgrades. The request was submitted last spring by the County of Marin and the Marin Housing Authority(MHA), and part of the package’s $15 billion nationally in earmarks for “Community Projects.” The County is providing $650,000 in matching funds to bring the total project balance to $1.3 million.
The project was one of 15 funding requests submitted by Congressman Jared Huffman as part of the 2023 federal budget process.
A recently recognized landmark on the National Historic Registry, Golden Gate Village and its designated low-income 296 living units were constructed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in the 1960s. Much of the infrastructure at Golden Gate Village is original to construction, including the exterior lighting systems.
The modern LED fixtures will not only reduce carbon emissions and increase safety in the complex for residents walking at night, but will also have significant annual cost savings resulting from both reduced electricity bills and repairs of the antiquated fixtures. MHA, which manages the complex, plans to reinvest those cost savings into other deferred maintenance throughout the facilities.