A 60-unit apartment complex at the intersection of North Indian Canyon and San Rafael Drive, designed to provide affordable housing, got a major funding boost Thursday with the announcement of $21 million in contributions from the state.
The money, in the form of tax credits for developers, was announced jointly by the California Debt Limit Allocation Committee (CDLAC) and the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee (TCAC). It’s more than enough to move the project forward and eventually result in the first new affordable housing project in the city in 12 years.
Community Housing Opportunities Corporation (CHOC), a non-profit affordable housing developer, is behind the project, named Monarch Apartment Homes. At an expected cost of $29 million, it will feature one-, two-and three-bedroom apartments, a community center, and a playground with splash park. The project was first approved by the Palm Springs City Council in 2019 and was designed by Interactive Design Corporation of Palm Springs.
“CHOC has been unwavering and tenacious in pushing this forward in the midst of a global pandemic,” said Vincent Nicholas, vice president of real estate development for CHOC. “It has been a true labor of love totally focused on creating equitable communities throughout the Coachella Valley and this funding pushes this 60-unit development from theoretical to a reality.”
There are currently 15 affordable housing options for residents listed on the city website. Costs for tenants are on a sliding scale depending on income and there are often long waiting lists for those qualifying to live in the units. It is not known yet what the income requirements will be for the Monarch Apartments.
“We know that too many working families in the Coachella Valley are unstably housed, making impossible decisions every month between paying for housing and other necessities such as healthcare, healthy food, and childcare,” said Taylor Libolt Varner, regional affordable housing planner for Lift to Rise, a nonprofit group working to address poverty and inequality. “We are grateful to CHOC, the City of Palm Springs, and everyone involved for investing in Coachella Valley families through this development.
“By bringing more units of quality affordable housing to the region, the Monarch Apartments expand access to safe, stable, and affordable housing to more families.”
The North Indian Canyon and San Rafael Drive intersection could soon see more than just the apartment project under construction. Currently, a Tower Market is planned for a parcel at the southwest corner. A developer also purchased the unfinished portion of the Palermo townhome development on the northeast corner in 2020. The developer’s plans for that land have not been made publicly available.
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