The Cambrian

Advisory council continues discussion of 40-unit affordable housing project in Cambria

Before endorsing a 40-unit affordable housing complex proposed for Schoolhouse Lane, North Coast advisors want to take another look at details about the project.

The North Coast Advisory Council voted unanimously, with one abstention, on Feb. 20 to continue discussing the People’s Self-Help Housing project at its next meeting on March 20. That will allow time to review revised plans.

Also, council members said they hope Self Help can address concerns about traffic, trash, parking, architecture, plot plan and even the location of the project.

The project is in the process of getting water intent-to-serve letters from the Cambria Community Services District, which, according to its counsel, had little option to deny the project because of a state mandate to provide services for affordable housing.

Self Help will have to meet the district’s no-impact rule on water use, however, by retrofitting enough older plumbing fixtures in town with those that use less water in order to compensate for water to be used in the new complex. A company representative said about two thirds of the required credits are to be met by changing out toilets, shower heads and washing machines in the current Self Help units. The firm also could buy retrofit credits at $50 each.

The buildings, including a split-level community services building of about 3,500 square feet, would be clustered on 2.46 acres on the west side of Schoolhouse Lane, which would be extended from its current end at the entrance to Santa Lucia Middle School. The new apartments would likely rent for $800 to 900 for two bedroom, and $930 to 1,000 for three bedroom units ranging from 850 to 1,150 square feet.

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