WALNUT CREEK (KPIX 5) – A city in the East Bay looks to make progress against the ever-growing housing crisis.

Construction crews in Walnut Creek broke ground Monday on the first phase of a transit village. The multi-purpose development will have 596 apartments and will add major enhancements to the Walnut Creek BART station, including easier bike and pedestrian paths and easier access to buses.

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“It’s incumbent for all of us to continue to work together as a unified team,” said Brad Griggs, Managing Partner of Blake Griggs Properties, “to continuing to build more housing, to lower the rent cost burden, and abate this housing crisis.”

Groundbreaking of a transit village near the BART station in Walnut Creek, October 8, 2019. (CBS)

Groundbreaking of a transit village near the BART station in Walnut Creek, October 8, 2019. (CBS)

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When complete, the transit village will span 16 acres and will also include 26,000 square feet of retail space.

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