By Mario Conde

The Calexico City Council passed a resolution to submit an application to the State of California Housing and Community Development for funding of affordable housing complex project.

On June 1, 2012 the Department issued a 2012 Notice of Funding Availability announcing the availability of funds under the HOME program. The City of Calexico wished to apply to the Department for, and receive an allocation of, HOME funds.

The City will submit an application to the Department to participate in the HOME program and for the allocation of funds not to exceed $4,600,000 for the rental new construction to be developed by Chelsea Investment Corporation, or it affiliate, and located approximately at the south side of Meadows Drive, between Rancho Frontera and Meadows Road in the City of Calexico.

The Villa Primavera Family Residences project will have 47 new affordable apartments for individuals and families. It will have 12 one-bedroom units with its rent ranging from $250 to $600. Twenty two-bedroom units that will have its rent ranging from $300 to $700, and a 15 three-bedroom units that will have its rent ranging from $325 to $775.

The project is expected to bring 300 construction jobs, mostly local and two to three permanent full-time management and maintenance jobs.  The project will have zero financial contribution from the City since the $4.5 million grant will come from the State as well as $100,000 grant from the State to the City Administration. The Developer-paid permit/impact fees will bring the City approximately $800,000.

Chelsea Corporation is currently construction the De Anza II Apartments and is expected to be ready for occupancy by the end of this year.

Councilman Bill Hodge said the supported this project but questioned as to why Chelsea Corporation is always the only one to apply on behalf of the City for affordable housing and said he would like to see more entities coming forward. “I would like this to stop being exclusive and be more inclusive.” Hodge said.  Councilman Luis Castro echoed Hodge’s remarks and asked why projects like these never go on bid.

After some heavy discussion on how is the procedure for to apply for State funds, the Council voted 3-2 to approve the resolution having Hodge and Castro voting against it.








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