WNC & Associates Opens Affordable Housing Unit in Claremont
- Apr 03, 2012
Claremont, Calif.—Courier Place Apartment Homes, a 75-unit affordable housing complex for seniors and families, opened in Claremont, Calif., thanks to a partnership between WNC & Associates Inc. and Jamboree Housing Corporation.
The three-story, garden-style community is situated on 3.34 acres with two separate sections: one for families and one for seniors.
“What’s unique about Courier Place is it’s the first multigenerational affordable complex in Los Angeles County,” Michael Gaber, chief operating officer of WNC, tells MHN. “What that means is it’s a combination of both seniors and families, so theoretically, a family could live in one part and the grandparent in the other.”
Located at 111 South College Avenue, the complex was constructed to receive a LEED Platinum rating. The community was built on the former site of the Claremont Courier newspaper and addresses the growing need for affordable housing among seniors and families throughout the Claremont Village area.
“Courier Place serves two important objectives: it will meet the market’s need for new affordable housing options and provide high-quality housing that residents can be proud of,” Gaber says. “The entire property is 100 percent affordable. There are 38 one-bedroom units in the senior building and 36 family units of two- and three-bedroom units in the family building.”
Both sides have independent laundry, a clubhouse, a multipurpose room, an outdoor barbeque area and a swimming pool, but each has its own uniqueness.
“There are separate buildings and separate amenities, but it really brings the multi-generations together,” Gaber says. “There are differences in the two sides. The senior side has an elevator, while the family side has amenities more focused on families, like a play area.”
Courier Place is centrally located within a one-mile radius of various schools, a commuter train station and a number of retail and dining establishments, providing optimum convenience and a high standard of living for residents.
“Claremont is a neat community. There are multimillion-dollar homes not far from this property. It’s a very eclectic area with strong academic colleges,” Gaber says. “The property is situated right next to an Amtrak station, so the train stops right next door and can take people all the way downtown.”
WNC provided $13,278,629 in Low Income Housing Tax Credits financing for the project. Other financing partners for the project included the City of Claremont, Claremont Redevelopment Agency, US Bank, Community Development Commission of the County of Los Angeles, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
“I believe Courier Place initiates a new age of housing that is sustainable, affordable and multigenerational,” Laura Archuleta, Jamboree Housing president, said in a press release. “We salute the City of Claremont and all of our partners for helping to bring Courier Place to reality.”