CARLSBAD, CA-The City Council has approved plans for 750 apartment units as part of the newly approved Kelly Ranch project on nearly 450 acres.

Ameriton of Denver will build the apartments at Kelly Ranch, under development by Texas-based Hillman Properties between El Camino Real and Agua Hedionda Lagoon. Shea Homes also plans to build about 150 single-family homes at the site.

Hillman, developer of the master-planned Aviara community in Carlsbad, received approval for the project from the City Council last week. It acquired the property in 1998. The developer has agreed to a stipulation by the state Coastal Commission that 130 of the apartment units be set aside for low-income residents.The commission will consider the project again August. If approved, grading could begin in early fall, Hillman officials says.

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