Low-income housing officials and advocates celebrated Wednesday at Creekside Village in Los Alamos, a new rental complex of apartments for farmworker families.
The nine buildings include 39 apartments of either two, three or four bedrooms, as well as a community center, laundry rooms and a tot lot, all supervised by a resident manager.
The developers are The Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara, a property-management agency that is separate from county government, and Lompoc-based Surf Development Company, which is a nonprofit associate of the Housing Authority, also based in Lompoc.
Preliminary work on the site began in late April, said John Polanskey, the Housing Authority’s director of housing development.
The project has been in the works for more than 10 years, he added, since planning began in February 2001.
Creekside Village is meant to fill a need in the North County for affordable housing focused on year-round agriculture workers in the surrounding area, Polanskey said, but applications from employees in non-farm industries will also be accepted.
The 108 to 123 people projected to live in the units would be an increase of about 10 percent in Los Alamos’ population.
The $19.1 million project is funded by the Housing Authority, Surf Development Company, WNC & Associates, US Bank, Santa Barbara County, and the state’s Joe Serna Jr. Farmworker Housing grant program.