An aging retail center in Santa Ana is slated for revival through the addition of an affordable housing complex to the property.

The project, which was considered last week by the Santa Ana City Planning Commission, would replace a vacant automobile repair shop at 5th and Hawley Streets with a four-story building featuring 51 two-, three- and four-bedroom apartments - with floor plans between 800 and 1,200 square feet - as well as open space and dedicated on-site parking.

Community Development Partners, a Newport Beach-based firm that specializes in affordable housing, is pursuing a grant for the project through the State of California's cap-and-trade program.  Consequently, all of the project's apartments - with the exception of a manager's unit - will be made available to households earning between 30 and 60 percent of the area median income.  This currently translates to an annual income between $31,300 and $62,580 for a four-person household.

The development site is located within walking distance of a future station on the Santa Ana Streetcar.

Image via City of Santa Ana
Image via City of Santa Ana
Image via City of Santa Ana

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Five-Story, 37-Unit Development Rises on Santa Monica Boulevard

Multifamily residential development located on the outskirts of Westwood and Century City.

A new multifamily residential development is now rising on the outskirts of Westwood and Century City.  The project, located at 10534 W. Santa Monica Boulevard, consists of a five-story building that will feature 37 apartments - including three very-low-income units - above three levels of basement parking for 45 vehicles.