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Santa Ana Planning Commission Approval Of Affordable-Housing Units Near Santa Ana Train Depot Irks Neighbors

May 25, 2014

From the Orange County Register – It will now be up to the Santa Ana City Council to approve an all-affordable-housing development in the Station District that the Planning Commission endorsed May 12 amid outcry from nearby residents who said the project would bring down their property values.

The 70-unit project, known as the Depot at Santiago, drew criticism at the Planning Commission meeting from residents of the Santiago Street Lofts who said that low-income housing would not be suitable in an area that they described as the gateway to the city.

The housing portion of the development will include one-, two- and three-bedroom units with monthly rents ranging from $481 to $1,364. The project also includes commercial and nonresidential space that will be allotted for The Wooden Floor, a local nonprofit that assists underserved youth.

The project, approved in a 5-2 vote, is planned for an approximately 2-acre site at the northeast corner of Santa Ana Boulevard and Santiago Street, near the lofts and the Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center. Commissioners Phil Bacerra and Bruce Bauer voted against it.

Bacerra said that although he favors low-income models, he did not agree with the project being 100 percent affordable. “I think it’s important to have the mixture of incomes, the mixture of experiences,” he said.

City spokeswoman Tanya Lyon said the City Council will consider the affordable-housing project at a future meeting, but a date has not been confirmed.

Santiago Street Lofts residents who spoke at the May 12 meeting said they moved from Irvine to Santa Ana because of Santa Ana’s downtown redevelopment and thriving arts district.

Cedric Volk, who spoke against the project, said…to read the rest of the story, please click here.

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