City of Lancaster

LANCASTER — The Lancaster Planning Commission approved a conditional use permit at its May 20 meeting for an 85,042 square-foot, 80-unit residential building for special needs housing with an emphasis on transition-aged youth and young families.

The proposed project is on 2.3 acres on the west side of Sahuayo Street, north of Avenue K-4.

The project applicant is Abbey Road, a nonprofit organization founded in 2009 to acquire, develop, own, manage, and operate affordable housing for families supported by Penny Lane Centers, a nonprofit organization that supports foster youth.

State law defines transitional aged/homeless youth as a person who is not older than 24 years of age, is no longer eligible for foster care on the basis of age, has run away from home, or is younger than 18 years old, who is emancipated, and who is homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

The proposed project would have 78 affordable tenant units and two manager’s units. The units would range in size from 457 square feet to 1,007 square feet. The units would include 20 studio units, 17 one-bedroom units, 22 two-bedroom units, and 21 three-bedroom units, according to a staff report by Principal Planner Jocelyn Swain.

The project would include accessible units and communication units. Communication units are those units which are set aside for individuals who are deaf or with severe hearing loss. Eight of the units would be restricted to very-low income households (not exceeding 50% of the area median income for Los Angeles County), according to Swain’s report.

The commission voted 6-0, with Chairman James Vose absent.

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