Grover Beach approves land purchase

Grover Beach’s City Council on Monday unanimously approved the purchase of a property for $419,500 for a housing project aimed at lower incomes, said City Manager Bob Perrault.

The city anticipates the construction of four units of affordable housing at 506 Longbranch Ave. in Grover Beach in a partnership with a future developer. Those homes are intended for “low” to “very low” income residents.

The city has an additional $350,000 in federal dollars allocated by the county’s Board of Supervisors to use toward project subsidies.

The state sets a maximum annual income for a family of four to determine income qualifications. They are $31,900 for "very low" and $51,050 for "low." The city used funds set aside for housing-relating projects for the purchase.

In the next few weeks, the city plans to put out a request for proposal – which sets some guidelines for the developer – regarding the site.

The property currently has a small home located on it, which the city will rent to the previous owner, Eric Ekdahl, for $1,000 per month, Perrault said. That home eventually could be torn down for the new project, according to city officials.

--Nick Wilson