reduces apartments in low-income complex
Phil Diehl, July 16, 2018
legal settlement has been reached that will remove six units
from Pacific Wind Apartments, a 90-unit affordable housing
complex approved last year for Harding Street in Carlsbads
old Barrio neighborhood.
in the Carlsbad Alliance for Responsible Development filed
a writ of mandate last August in Vista Superior Court seeking
to stop or reduce the size of the project, saying the noise,
traffic and height of the three-story buildings would overwhelm
the older, single-story homes next door to the property.
always said we are not trying to fight affordable housing
in the area, said Everett DeLano, an attorney representing
the residents. We just want it to fit in with the neighborhood.
developer, a partnership of C&C Development and Innovative
Housing Opportunities, has agreed to remove the top floor
of one building, reducing the total number of apartments by
six, said Debbie Fountain, Carlsbads housing and neighborhood
services director. The number of parking spaces will remain
the same, which means more spaces per apartment overall.
approval of the changes are being processed by the city, Fountain
said. No start date has been set for construction, which is
expected to take 18 months to two years.
Wind, formerly known as the Harding Street Neighbors project,
will cover about four acres along Harding Street west of Interstate
5, about a block north of Tamarack Avenue at the southeast
end of the Barrio.
apartments would be clustered in five buildings of two and
three stories, and plans include a two-story recreation center.
60 percent of the units would be three-bedroom apartments,
with the rest one or two bedrooms. To qualify as residents,
a household of four must have an income at 80 percent or less
of the median county income of $73,000. Depending on individual
circumstances, that would make rents between $800 and $1,200
developer received a $7.4 million loan from the city in 2012
to purchase 21 small duplex lots for the site. Also, the city
has agreed to close more than half a block of Harding Street
and dedicate that property to the project.
of the homes on the lots were built in the 1950s, and many
are in poor repair. They will be demolished.
developer originally planned to build as many as 140 apartments,
but was unable to buy all the lots needed for that.
officials have supported the project as a way to help address
the citys shortage of affordable housing.
last year, Carlsbad approved a $4.25 million construction
loan to a developer with plans to build 50 affordable apartments
for low-income and homeless military veterans in the Barrio.
apartments would be built by Affirmed Housing at two separate
sites one also on Harding Street and the other on Oak
Avenue, both just west of Interstate 5. Twenty-six of the
apartments would be studios, and the rest would have one,
two and three bedrooms.