SH plans for its next affordable housing project

Staff Writer

Basking in the success of its Las Brisas I and II affordable housing projects, the Signal Hill Redevelopment Agency (RDA) has authorized city staff to proceed with plans to develop another such complex in town.
In a unanimous vote, during its May 27 meeting, the RDA authorized its executive director, City Manager Ken Farfsing, to purchase the 1.41-acre site at 1500 Hill St. for $3,375,000.
The agency also authorized Farfsing to enter into a $29,650 contract agreement with SCS Engineers, who will undertake an environmental analysis of the property, which is necessary before development may begin.
Gary Jones, director of community development, told the agency that the site on Hill Street is remarkably similar to the 1.41-acre Las Brisas II site, which now has 60 apartments affordable to low-income families. “Staff believes that it’s suitable for a similar affordable housing development, or a less dense alternative with more parking,” he said. The property is just south of Signal Hill Elementary.
RDA Member Tina Hansen, however, said she preferred a project with the same density as Las Brisas because of the great need for affordable housing.
A specific plan for the project may be a year or more away. The city has not selected an architectural firm to design the housing.
In another action, the Signal Hill City Council unanimously approved the city’s $2,000 sponsorship of the Signal Hill Chamber of Commerce’s July 18 Golf Tournament. The annual event helps raise funds for Chamber operations.
The next meeting of the Signal Hill City Council takes place at 7 p.m., June 10 in the council chambers of City Hall. A budget workshop scheduled for 6 p.m., June 9 in the chambers.

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