HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA—A public-private partnership between AMCAL Multi-Housing, the City of Huntington Beach and TRI Pointe Homes is developing an affordable-housing development here called Oceana Apartments. The development, AMCAL’s fifth affordable-housing community in Orange County, will replace an underutilized commercial building and parking lot.
AMCAL tells GlobeSt.com that total anticipated construction costs for the project, which is set for completion in 2015, are just below $15.8 million. Oceana will be a 78-unit, four-story community with one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments targeting families that qualify for affordable housing. The development will offer a variety of modern amenities and on-site social services including a large community room on the street front with a computer lab and media area, two onsite laundry rooms and bicycle storage. Outdoor common areas will feature extensive landscaping with a large turf play area, courtyard with barbecues and a playground for children.
Additionally, residents will be able to enjoy proximity to an OCTA Bus Line, Terry Park, Huntington Beach Hospital and numerous market and retail locations. Complimentary social services for families will be provided, including adult education and health services, computer training and job training.
According to Percival Vaz, AMCAL’s CEO, “The City of Huntington Beach has been a fantastic partner. We are also thrilled to have partnered with TRI Pointe Homes, including AMCAL’s creative proposal to address their inclusionary requirement resulting in a win-win-win for the City, TRI Pointe and AMCAL. Oceana fulfills a significant need in Huntington Beach for affordable housing.”
The project was designed by William Hezmalhalch Architects and is located within the city’s Beach and Edinger Specific Plan. The contemporary design is intended to contribute to the redevelopment and enhancement of the Beach Blvd. corridor.
As GlobeSt.com reported in March, Mario Turner, VP of development for AMCAL, told GlobeSt.com that affordable-housing communities that cater to special needs are hard to find and yet in high demand in Orange County. The category presents a unique opportunity for developers interested in filling this untapped niche. GlobeSt.com had reported earlier in March that AMCAL Multi-Housing, A Community of Friends and Foundation for Affordable Housing debuted Vista Del Rio, a special-needs affordable-housing community located at 1600 W. Memory Lane in Santa Ana. The community includes 41 one- and two-bedroom units that will provide high-quality affordable housing for persons with physical and developmental disabilities.