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Third phase of Oak Park affordable housing is underway 

Demolition of remaining WWII structures paves the way for 76 new units

–The third phase of the Oak Park affordable housing project in Paso Robles, known as Oak Park 3 Community Apartments, is underway with the demolition of the remaining WWII structures. The demolition also paves the way for the future Oak Park 4. Oak Park 3 will consist of 13 new buildings containing 76 one to four bedroom units plus a resident center. David Cooke, Executive Director of the Paso Robles Housing Authority (PRHA) said the construction costs will be approximately $20 million. Construction for Oak Park 3 is expected to start within the next few weeks, as soon as the demolition is completed. Construction on phase four is pending financing.

Oak Park 3 is expected to be completed in April 2019. Cooke said PRHA generally begins accepting applications 90 to 120 days before construction is completed. The 30 buildings being demolished are the last of the original Oak Park that was built to provide housing for the troops and families of Camp Roberts during WWII.

The remaining 1942 buildings are being demolished to make way for Oak Park 3 and Oak Park 4.

The project will have 12 one-bedroom units, 40 two-bedroom units, 22 three-bedroom units, 2 four-bedroom unit and a community center on approximately 6.67 acres. Square footage for the apartments ranges from 679 to 1530. All of the units will be rent restricted to individuals and families, including senior citizens, with incomes between 30-percent to 60-percent of the area median income.

The 3290 square foot resident center will be the second community center at Oak Park and will serve both Oak Park 3 and Oak Park 4. The existing community center will also be available to all Oak Park residents. The project includes open recreational spaces connected by walkways. Recreational facilities include barbeque and picnic areas and play areas. All of the units incorporate universal design elements and all of the first floor units will be fully accessible and adaptable for residents requiring adjustments in their units for ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessibility. Every unit will be furnished with Energy Star® rated refrigerators and dishwashers, low flow toilets, exhaust fans, garbage disposals and ranges with ovens as well as generous counter, cabinet and storage space.

The PRHA and Affordable Housing Paso Robles (AHPR), a 501(c)(3) affiliate of PRHA, are the co-developers with Central California Housing Corporation (CCHC). The primary source of financing is from Limited Partnership (W4 Capital is the Equity Investor) a private/public partnership of the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program administrated by the State of California. Other funding sources include City of Paso Robles, County HOME funds, local SLO Housing Trust Fund, VASH (Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program) Project-Based Vouchers from the Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo. Rabobank is the construction lender.

Oak Park 1 was completed in Sept 2014 and Oak Park 2 in February 2016. All of those residences are fully leased.

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News staff of the Paso Robles Daily News wrote and edited this story from local contributors and press releases. Scott Brennan is the publisher of this newspaper and founder of Access Publishing. Connect with him on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, or follow his blog. He can be reached at scott@pasoroblesdailynews.com.