HOLTVILLE — Affordable housing got a boost from the Holtville City Council on Jan. 13 when the panel unanimously authorized a developer to apply for federal funding on the city’s behalf for a senior housing complex in the southeast area of the city.
A 5.29-acre parcel would be developed for
32 units, all for seniors except one to be occupied by a resident manager. The
city may now proceed with a grant application through the developer, AMG &
Associates, for Sunset Rose Senior apartments at 704 E. Third St.
There is $6.1 million funding available
from the Home Investment Partnership Program with U.S. Housing and Urban Development
as the oversight agency, explained Cameron Johnson, an AMG representative who attended
“I grew up in Imperial Valley and
I’ve been trying to get senior housing built for over 10 years,” he said.
“We couldn’t get the financing before but we finally got a funding
mechanism to help finance this project.”
The apartments are earmarked for seniors
55 and older who earn 30 to 60 percent of the county’s median income. Rents are
expected to be between $550 and $800 per month. The project would see the first
32 units on two acres while leaving the rest of the parcel initially vacant. An
additional 32 units of senior housing is planned to be built over the next five
Also, a retention/detention basin would be
built on about a tenth of an acre, perhaps slightly larger depending on the
developer-funded hydrology study for storm water runoff, noted Johnson.
The developer must also improve failed
sections of the Third Street stormwater system and construct a stormwater
conveyance system recommended by an earlier hydrology study.
Johnson expressed excitement about the
senior housing development and noted most potential occupants are single, with
an average age of 70 and about 65 percent are female.
“They’re more concerned about
security and a sense of community and that’s why seniors are such good
tenants,” said Johnson.
Adding seniors make good neighbors, tend
to shop locally and volunteer for civic organizations, he added, “Seniors
don’t have a major impact on community services, traffic, parks or law
Jeorge Galvan, city planner, explained the
project could stimulate low-income housing. He pointed out Holtville scored
high for meeting HUD’s affordable housing standard based on overcrowding,
income levels and vacancy rate, which is near zero.
“This is a good project to provide
for housing requirements, especially to comply with the state’s Regional
Housing Needs Allocations,” he said.
That 1969 state mandate requires California
municipalities to plan for the housing needs of residents regardless of income.
The HOME awards will be announced in June
and the project could break ground in 2021 and be completed by 2022, Johnson
In other business, council voted 5-0 to
cooperate with the federal 2020 Census. The city will assist with various
outreach actions to maximize the count, Nick Wells, city manager, explained in
“Much of the ongoing funding the city
receives (sales tax allocation, transportation funding and grant consideration)
has some factor dependent on population,” Wells stated. “We’ve
already dedicated (nominal) staff time and a small amount of expense in setting
up (Census) outreach. This funding will help offset future similar
Wells did not immediately detail what
funding he was referring to.
Request on Business Project
Wells also noted the developer of the
proposed Cuchi’s Raspados has requested to reduce the space of their building
in order to be set back from the adjacent building (500 block, Holt Avenue),
which would make its construction easier.
“No structural exceptions are being
requested. However, the city’s setback requirements in the Downtown A zone may
not automatically accommodate the proposed change,” he said. “We will
discuss further, then expect that they will submit revised plans that will
reflect a minor change.”