Bridge Housing

JULIE DRAKE/Valley Press

The empty lot on the southwest corner of Avenue I and Sierra Highway is the site for a proposed 114-unit apartment complex, of which 113 units will be income-restricted.

LANCASTER — The Lancaster Housing Authority and City Council will hold a joint public hearing today to consider adopting an agreement with Bridge Housing Corp. for the development of a proposed 114-unit apartment complex, of which 113 units will be income-restricted, at the southwest corner of Avenue I and Sierra Highway.

The proposed development would have 55 one-bedroom/one bath units, 29 two-bedroom/two-and-a-half bath units and 29 three-bedroom/two-and-a-half bath units, plus a minimum of one unrestricted manager’s unit, according to a staff report.

The predominate income target for the proposed development is households earning between 50 to 60% of the Los Angeles County area median income, or what is defined as low-income. Qualifying incomes for future residents for the low-income units range from $45,050 to $78,420. That is for one-bedroom units for between two to five persons, two-bedroom units for three to five persons, and three-bedroom units for between four to six persons.

Another 18% of units will be targeted to slightly lower household incomes for selected one-bedroom units, serving very-low household incomes ranging from around $27,000 to $56,000 per year with a household size from two to four persons.

The proposed development will have contemporary-style residential architecture; carports providing a minimum of 145 covered parking spaces, a dedicated “neighborhood activity area,” or open space adjacent to the community room with a tot lot/children’s playground, barbecue and eating area; and shade structure.

Lancaster’s former Redevelopment Agency purchased properties on Avenue I between Elm Avenue and Sierra Highway in the early 2000s for approximately $6.39 million, using low/moderate housing funds. The former Agency demolished existing dilapidated buildings at the site for clearance at an approximate cost of $330,000, according to the proposed disposition and development agreement.

The assembled properties are referred to as the Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization 1 site, according to the report.

The City has agreed to provide the developer with a total of two residual receipts loans of approximately $7.19 million for pre-development and development financing at an estimated $5.39 million and $1.8 million for project sire land acquisition financing.

The total cost to the former Agency and the Authority is approximately $13.92 million, according to the report.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m., today. The meeting will be conducted telephonically due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions. 

Residents can also watch the meeting via live video stream on Channel 28 and the City’s website:

The public may comment on agendized items m by calling 1-877-853-5257 using Meeting ID: 924 2303 0178# Password: 607988#

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Leverage

Sweet Jesus! More Low Income people? These people mostly collect all the welfare they can, sit around "bumping" RAP Music, smoking pot and selling meth. They should be required to have jobs in order to freeload anymore and make more babies. Maybe the Mayor was right to try to move them all out to Mojave.

shenrich

All Lancaster citizens have agreed that Gov-funded housing always proves to be a bad idea. Everyone agrees that a better way to spend tax dollars is to re-pave crumbling surface streets.

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