Farmworkers and other low-income families have begun moving into Azahar Place in Ventura, Calif.
Comprised of 18 residential buildings and a community building, the complex is the latest to be built by the Cabrillo Economic Development Corp (CEDC).
Thirty apartments are set aside for farmworker families earning between 30 and 50 percent of the area median income (AMI), and 29 are for other low-income families earning no more than 60 percent of the AMI. There is also a property manager’s unit.
The unit mix includes four one-bedroom, 15 two-bedroom, 35 three-bedroom, and five four-bedroom units. There’s also a three-bedroom apartment for the manager.
Built on a 5.13-acre parcel, Azahar Place is part of the Citrus Plaster Master Plan that totals about 23 acres and includes single-family homes, condominiums, and a large park.
The approximately $29.6 million development is in the process of obtaining multiple green building certifications, including a LEED-Platinum designation from the U.S. Green Building Council. The development includes a photovoltaic system.
CEDC is a nonprofit that provides housing services in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. Since 1981, it has built more than 1,634 units of for-sale and multifamily rental units.