Temecula Duck Pond will be adjacent to an affordable apartment complex – Press Enterprise

Temecula Duck Pond will be adjacent to an affordable apartment complex – Press Enterprise

Affordable apartments under construction next to Temecula Duck Pond – and some residents have concerns.

The city’s Duck Pond and Veterans Memorial Park is a common site for monthly community events, protests, and rallies. It is also next to the site of a future housing complex consisting of 270 unitsAnd the On the north side of Yenz Road. The complex will include 55 units designated for affordable housing as required by the government’s housing programme.

Officials said the Yenz Road will be expanded as part of the project. Also, the Longhorn Steakhouse will be built across the street from the pond, replacing Mary Callender Restaurant and Bakery, which closed in 2019.

Some residents are worried About traffic and increased congestion nearby at the busy intersection of Ynez and Rancho California, while others welcome the city’s more affordable housing options.

“They ruined the Temecula period! They keep building, getting more people there,” Kelly Rommen wrote on social media. Duck Pond “isn’t what it used to be – now it’s just a densely populated area; Everyone is on top of each other.”

Resident Brittany Zamora wrote online that she “couldn’t be happier to see something so affordable” in her hometown, as a “working mother of two, working weekends and freelance medical school all week.”

Temecula officials said the project is the first to be approved “administratively” in October 2020 by the California Department of Housing and Community Development, under the 2018 Temecula Affordable Housing Overlay District Act. The program provides incentives to cities and developers to build affordable housing in certain areas and regions and is designed to help with the state’s housing crisis.

Deputy City Manager Luke Watson said the number of affordable housing units in Temecula is determined by the state’s housing department. According to the state’s definition, affordable housing is for individuals or families who earn 80% or less of the median income in an area.

The 12.3-acre complex, called Arrive at Rancho Highlands, will include market-priced condos, condos, and affordable amenities like a community club, pool, dog runs and recreational spaces. It is being developed by Jamboree Housing and Red Tail Acquisitions.

The project will cost about $29 million, in federal, state and private funding and programs and tax credits on low-income housing, said Mary Jo Geisler, a spokeswoman for Jamboree Housing. The developers hope to finalize and begin leasing agreements in 2023.

Watson said construction of the apartments began on November 10. An environmental review was not required, and because In the state’s housing estate, city officials said the city was not allowed to collect inputs, provide notices or host public hearings.

At the Temecula City Council meeting on October 26, some leaders expressed concerns about the site—which was vacant, according to state requirements—and a lack of public input before construction began.

Watson said the state had asked Temecula to find a specific amount of vacant land for the project, which made finding a site difficult because there were “a limited number of vacant sites in the city.”

“Unfortunately, the state continues to strip us of local control,” Pro Tim Mayor Matt Rahn said at the October meeting. There is not much we can do to oppose the project. It puts us in a very difficult position.”

Michael Scales, who lives within a mile of the future complex, said he is not against the project or affordable housing in Temecula, but “the way it is being handled.” He is disappointed that “the residents do not know what is going on in their area. They do not even have a chance to say anything.”

“You have people in the state making decisions that are far from our city, and people here in the city know exactly how it’s going to look, and they say their hands are tied,” said Scales, 60. “That’s the sad part and the big question mark.”

He said the construction of new apartments near a major intersection — near Interstate 15, a popular park and busy shopping centers — would significantly affect traffic.

“There will be much more of them, no matter how they are divided.”

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