New Oak Park housing project hosting grand opening
Grand opening of low-income housing is Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The initial phase of the new Oak Park housing at 28th and 30th Streets is now complete, and soon 80 families will be moving into their new homes. Oak Park I is an 80-unit multifamily rental housing development for low-income families earning up to 60 percent of the area median income, including 32 units designated as Section 8 project based voucher assisted households and 20 units for farmworker families.
When completed, a total of 300 affordable housing units will replace the original 148 units built on the approximately 25 acre site in 1942. “Two years ago, the apartments on the Oak Park I property had reached the end of their useful life. In their place, we have built 80 new rental homes with modern amenities and renewable energy standards,” said Starla Warren of the Monterey County Housing Authority Development Corporation (HDC). HDC is a nonprofit and serves as developer of Oak Park in partnership with Paso Robles Housing Authority, who manages the property.
The Oak Park Apartments is a net-zero energy development, and has been designed to offset 100 percent of the common area and residential units use. Additional environmental features include parking and driveway areas with pervious concrete to collect storm water for eventual percolation into the soils beneath the site.
Unit amenities include central air, blinds, carpet, storage, walk-in closets, balcony, refrigerator, oven, dishwasher, garbage disposal and washer/dryer hookups. An on-site manager, laundry and community rooms, picnic area, playground, basketball and volleyball courts will be on property.
Phase II of the Oak Park Apartments has been funded and construction is scheduled to begin at the end of the year.
Speakers invited to attend the grand opening include a representative of Senator Bill Monning, a representative of Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian, PRHA Executive Director David Cooke, Paso Robles Mayor Duane Picanco, Paso Robles City Councilman Fred Strong, PRHA Board Chairman Bob Fonarow, PRHA Board Commissioner Dick Willhoit, resident and PRHA Board Commissioner Sheryl Bragg, HDC Board of Directors Chairman Thomas Espinoza, and HDC President/CEO Starla Warren.