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A State of Art Affordable Housing Unit Debuts in San Diego

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    A State of Art Affordable Housing Unit Debuts in San Diego

    Fifty-one state of the art affordable housing units were unveiled in Chollas View Monday. NBC 7's Todd Strain reports. (Published Monday, Oct. 24, 2016)

    Fifty-one state-of-the-art affordable housing units were unveiled in Chollas View Monday.

    “We’re redesigning what affordable housing is all about. We’ve kicked it up to a whole new level,” said Frank Urtasun, Commissioner of the San Diego Housing Commission.

    The Trolley Park Terrace apartments provide 51 affordable rental apartments for low-income families in Southeast San Diego. Each unit has either two of three bedrooms, hardwood floors and comes with a fully equipped kitchen. The courtyard area has a playground and barbeque area.

    The units are located next to a San Diego transit station that serves some of the city’s busiest bus and trolley routes.

    “We had a vision for this lot because it was perfect, right here next to the trolley and bus stops. People can just jump right on here and go to work, school, shopping," Urtasun says. "It’s just perfect.”

    San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer said the project is an example of “building smart.”

    Mayor Faulconer also said that “building these apartments is showing residents in Southeast San Diego that we see their potential and sometimes the key to unlocking that is a key to a place that you call your own.”

    There were over 15 hundred applications for the 51 units at Trolley Park Terrace. According to a recent SANDAG study, San Diego needs over 38,000 affordable housing units by 2020.

    “There’s going to be another affordable housing project that’s going to be on line in March or April of next year, we just need more,” says Myrtle Cole, San Diego City Councilmember.

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