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70-unit Village at Los Carneros project aimed at people who earn no more than 60 percent of the area median income
The roar of heavy machinery echoed in the background Wednesday as Peoples’ Self-Help Housing officials and community leaders officially broke ground on a new 70-unit affordable-housing development in Goleta.
Several community leaders and PSHH representatives strapped on hard hats and shoveled a pile of dirt to signify the beginning of construction on the 3-acre property.
PSHH President and CEO John Fowler said he hopes to begin the $13 million Village at Los Carneros project before November.
Plans for the housing facility call for one- to three-bedroom apartment units ranging from 736 to 1,075 square feet.
It is designed to serve 70 families, and monthly rental prices span from $700 to $1,000, Fowler said.
PSHH provides affordable housing to low-income families, seniors and other special needs groups, Fowler said.
Located north and west of Los Carneros Road, just south of Highway 101, the development serves households earning no more than 60 percent of the area median income, Fowler said.
“This is going to be a beautiful project and a dream site,” Fowler said. “This is going to be an amazing community, and we look forward to helping the families break the cycle of poverty.”
The affordable-housing units mark a significant step forward, said Kristen Miller, president and CEO of the Goleta Valley Chamber of Commerce.
“It is providing a solution to the low-income housing problem in the community,” Miller said. “Housing is a huge part of the local economy and jobs. This new neighborhood represents the heart of Goleta.”
The Village at Los Carneros is under construction, and will feature a mix of single-family homes, duplexes, triplexes, four-plexes, town homes, condominiums and apartments.
The development includes a community center, multi-purpose room, youth education center, management offices, two on-site laundry facilities, outdoor recreation space and a half basketball court.
The Goleta City Council unanimously approved the California Municipal Finance Authority to issue a bond for up to $24 million to finance the 70 units of affordable housing as part of the Village at Los Carneros in April.
The council unanimously approved the design for the roughly 40-acre site in February 2015.
Councilmember Roger Aceves said the board was dedicated to finding the opportunity to build partnerships and create local affordable housing.
“This was originally going to be industrial and commercial (building),” Aceves said. “There would have been business buildings and wouldn’t have provided housing for our residents.”
PSHH is a private community based non-profit organization that serves 25 communities throughout San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.
The Village at Los Carneros property is PSHH’s fourth project in Goleta.
The organization also oversees the Ellwood Apartments, Storke Ranch Apartments and Villa La Esperanza.
Fowler said he is excited PSHH is growing and creating more opportunities to support families in Santa Barbara County.
In June, PSHH acquired a property at 510 N. Salsipuedes St. in Santa Barbara.
The building is designed for low-income residents who make roughly $19,000 to $40,000 annually and features 40 units, according to Fowler.
Jardin de las Rosas is expected to open in fall 2017, Fowler said.