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Hesperia Planning Board Approves 114-Unit Affordable Senior Housing Complex

HESPERIA, Calif. ( – In a unanimous decision, the Planning Commission has given approval to Shree Properties, Inc. for the development of a 114-unit senior apartment complex.

The decision came during the commission meeting held on February 8, 2024, receiving mixed reactions from the community.

The new complex, which aims to support lower-income senior residents, will boast a 2% density bonus and 34 affordable units spread over approximately 5.6 gross acres of land.

This development comes as part of the City’s efforts to meet the housing goals outlined in the 6th Cycle General Plan Housing Element, which emphasizes the construction of housing units for various income categories.

The proposed location of the senior apartment complex is strategically placed on the south side of Live Oak Street, sandwiched between Eighth and Ninth Avenue.

Located on the south side of Live Oak Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

The area, which is currently vacant, sits within the High-Density Residential zone of the Main Street and Freeway Corridor Specific Plan.

Prior approvals included the City Council’s go-ahead on September 8, 2012, followed by subsequent approval of the revised site plan by the Development Review Committee on February 27, 2014.

Despite the project’s approval history and extensions, its entitlements expired on September 12, 2022, leading to the current reintroduction and approval process.

The planned residential community is set to feature 114 apartments, comprising a mix of 90 one-bedroom and 24 two-bedroom homes.

The layout includes six residential buildings, each spanning two stories, in addition to a two-story clubhouse and a separate single-story structure for community activities.

This brings the total to eight buildings within the complex.

Breaking down the residential structures, four buildings will offer 20 apartments each, with a configuration of 16 one-bedroom apartments and 4 two-bedroom homes.

The remaining two buildings will house 16 apartments each, arranged with 12 one-bedroom and 4 two-bedroom apartments. Moreover, the clubhouse will also incorporate two one-bedroom apartments on its upper floor.

Space-wise, the one-bedroom apartments will cover an area of 698 square feet, while the two-bedroom versions will stretch across 882 square feet (see Attachments 4 and 5 for details).

Floor plan.

Additionally, the development boasts a plethora of amenities, including a 2,243 square foot recreational facility, swimming pool, spa, a bocce ball court, picnic spots complete with tables, barbecue stations, and an area designated for outdoor games accompanied by seating arrangements.

Aesthetically, a decorative wall will border the southern edge of the property. The remaining perimeters facing the streets will be lined with a fusion of a three-foot tall decorative wall and a similar height in wrought iron fencing. Furthermore, two 350-square-foot communal laundry facilities are included within the grounds to address the laundry needs, as private laundry amenities are not available within each apartment.

Controversy did arise over the absence of in-unit laundry facilities, a point of contention for many commission members and residents alike.

While Commissioner Christopher Sevy expressed his dissatisfaction with the lack of individual laundry rooms, Commissioner Sophia Steeno argued that residents have the freedom to choose whether or not the living arrangements are suitable for them, given the provided amenities.

The project includes coin-operated laundry facilities on-site, a decision justified by the developer to avoid losing residential units for space.

Local citizens expressed their concerns about the project, with three emails from nearby residents indicating opposition.

Despite the backlash, the commission moved forward with the approval after a lengthy discussion.

A 55-year covenant will ensure the project’s status as affordable housing.

Biologists from RCA Associates, Inc. have cleared environmental concerns specific to Joshua Trees, and the project development will include urban infrastructure improvements such as paving Live Oak Street and adding half-width street improvements along Ninth Avenue.

The project expects to bolster the local housing inventory and contribute to the City of Hesperia’s affordable housing goals.

With the Planning Commission’s approval secured, the developer is poised to break ground quickly, the developer expressed.

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