Community HousingWorks, Sun Country Builders Start Affordable Housing Project in Vista

The recent wave of new affordable housing communities developed in the state of California has now also hit San Diego. Not-for-profit development entity Community HousingWorks has teamed up with Vista-based Sun Country Builders on the North Santa Fe Apartments project, with the latter company having already begun work has begun at the site.

California’s recent wave of affordable housing projects continues to rise in San Diego. Community HousingWorks, a non-profit developer, is teaming up with Sun Country Builders on a 68-unit project in Vista.

Dubbed North Santa Fe Apartments, the community developed at 301 N. Santa Fe Ave. will feature a pedestrian-friendly design on its 2.3-acre site. The property is geared toward families with incomes that are 30 to 60 percent of the local average.

According to information on Community HousingWorks’ Web site, ten of the units at North Santa Fe are reserved for transition-aged youth (a term usually applied to young people between the ages of about 16 to 23), with services provided by North County Lifeline.

Community HousingWorks is implementing green design features such as flat roofs and parapets that will accommodate solar hot water panels and mechanical equipment. Residents will pay for electric heating, cooking, air conditioning and general electric costs in accordance with San Diego County’s Energy Efficient utility allowance schedule. Landscaping will feature drought-tolerant plants,  citrus orchards and an eco-friendly irrigation system.

Common resident amenities will include a single-story building with space for Community HousingWorks  residential services, computer learning centers, and a community area. Also available to residents will be a play area for small children, picnic tables, barbecue, seating areas, bike racks and a garden.