Escondido, Calif.—The Crossings at Escondido, a new construction 55-unit apartment complex in San Diego County, Calif., has opened. The property offers workforce housing to tenants earning between 30 percent and 60 percent of area median income, with rents ranging from from $508 to $1,063 per month based on family size and income level.
The property is located at 735 Mission Grove Place. The city of Escondido changed that street name from Elder Place to Mission Grove Place to reflect a fresh start for the neighborhood, which has been plagued by gangs and blight. The name Mission Grove Place was drawn from two nearby landmarks, Mission Middle School and Grove Park.
As per usual, financing for the project was complex. A partnership between developer Urban Housing Communities (UHC) L.L.C. and the city of Escondido Community Development Corp. put together much of the necessary financing for the property. The city partnering with UHC to acquire the land. After that, UHC secured financing through the competitive 9 percent Low Income Housing Tax Credit program. Wells Fargo Bank, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, and the California Community Reinvestment Corp. provided additional funding.
Designed by KTGY Group Inc. Architecture + Planning, the property features five three‐story buildings with 38 two‐bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath townhomes; 15 three-bedroom, two-bath flats; and two four-bedroom two-bath flats. Each apartment has a covered patio/balcony, central heat and air conditioning, walk‐in closets, a gas range and wiring for cable television.
KTGY also designed the apartments to be green. The property exceeds California’s Title 24 energy efficiency standards by 15 percent, featuring solar panels to generate electricity for the common areas and outdoor lighting, plus radiant barriers under the roof sheathing. Each unit is equipped with energy-efficient lighting, windows and appliances, including Energy Star refrigerators and dishwashers.
During construction, Competitive Edge Construction Inc. of Escondido used low-VOC paints, adhesives and finishes, and low-dust stucco; building materials that contain recycled content; products fabricated from engineered wood; and furniture, barbeques and trash receptacles made from recycled content. The contractor also recycled about 75 percent of its construction and demolition waste during the project.
UHC has selected nonprofit social service provider, Western Community Housing Inc., to provide residents with specific resources. Computers with Internet access, ESL classes, information on health and well‐being, fitness programs and resources for food and utility assistance are examples of the services that the Crossings at Escondido will offer its residents.