A few housing projects leaped through
bureaucratic hurdles in Holtville recently and could break ground this year and
by summer 2021.
“With the recent Fern Crossing and
Mellon Street Apartment complexes the city should have half the units of
housing needed by the end of 2021,” said Jeorge Galvan, a city planner.
State law requires municipalities to meet
requirements for low- and moderate-income housing.
Fern Crossing would be 44 units of family
housing on Fourth street between Holt and Fern avenues. The quarters are
planned to be about equally divided among one- and two-bedroom units.
“The building permit was issued just
last week,” Galvan said Dec. 23.
The Mellon apartments would include 144
units split among one-, two- and three-bedroom units on Ninth Street just north
of Holtville High School.
“It’s still going through CEQA
(California Environmental Quality Act) but already completed phase-one review
and should be done in February,” said Galvan. “It has to go through
public notice, and the (city) council must put it on the agenda so the public
can weigh in, likely in the next few months.”
After a public hearing, the Mellon project
would be reviewed by the planning commission and the city council and possibly
get approval in summer. It could then get a building permit and break ground by
Since the project site is outside city
limits the land is also under consideration for annexation. However, even if it
was not annexed the city council would still have to decide whether to provide
water and sewer service.
“All permitting is happening
concurrently except the building permit, but that’s the last step,” said
Another development is a 32-unit project
of all one-bedroom senior housing planned for the east end of Third Street.
“AMG are the developers and just
turned in their drawings to the planning commission,” said Galvan.
“AMG will probably apply for home funds from the California Department of
Housing. But it’s likely to be 2021 before it breaks ground.”
Retail Franchise May Expand to City
Dollar General, a general merchandise
retailer, is planned on a site near where State Route 115 enters the city from
“It’s going through a building-permit
process and now is in the second iteration so we anticipate it’ll be completed by
mid-to-late January and break ground sometime thereafter.” said Galvan.
NNN, the developer, would like to begin
construction as soon as possible, noted Ed Cartegena, spokesman for Caltrans.
“But there’s two entrances to the
trailer park and we need to safeguard the amount of traffic a project attracts so
it does not breech the capacity of the roadway,” Cartegena added.
The next move for NNN requires providing
Caltrans with a traffic estimate Dollar General will generate to plot a likely
In another downtown-area development, the
new location of Cuchi’s Raspados is planned to open at 574 Holt Ave. facing the
east side of Holt Park. It is a 1,294-square-foot restaurant with a pair of two-bedroom
Since it is in the downtown “A Zone,” city
code requires it be built right up to the sidewalk to retain the ambience of
walkability of the town square. Yet a variance was granted in the spring
because the building needs a raised foundation to prevent flooding.
foundation was dug last spring and since then there has been no progress. The
owner is reportedly engaging a contractor who is committed to another project
that must be completed before this one begins.