A 60-unit affordable housing complex proposed for land at the northwest corner of Main and Pujol streets was vetted Monday by the city’s Old Town Local Review Board.
The board’s recommendation and comments on the project, which will feature 21-units set aside for special needs occupants, will be forwarded to the Planning Commission, which will hold a hearing on the complex later this year.
As detailed in the staff report for the board, the apartment complex was designed by Golden West Communities, a Southern California-based company that specializes in affordable housing developments.
Zoning for the project site is neighborhood residential, which allows for these types of developments, but Findings of Historical Significance are required because it’s the former home of a railroad turntable.
The turntable serviced a line that was abandoned due to flooding in that stretch of the creek, which has since been tamed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
In a nod to the land’s history, Golden West has designed an area between the parking lot and the pool facilities that will feature decorative color concrete arranged in a circular pattern that will resemble a turntable and train tracks.
“A plaque will also identify the historical significance of the site,” the report states.
The complex, which will feature three-story buildings and amenities such as a pool and a tot lot, has been dubbed Vine Creek.