Kings Beach gets help with housing shortage

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Updated: 12/18/2012 6:16 pm
KINGS BEACH, Calif. (KRNV & – An area town is getting some much needed help for its housing shortage. Five new low-income apartment complexes built by Domus Development are now renting out in Kings Beach. In total that's 77 new units housing hundreds of people.

The five sites- the Deer, Trout, Chipmunk, Fox and Brook-replaced converted motel rooms, cabins and trailers. The units are deed restricted for low-income residents who earn between 30 percent and 60 percent of the area median income. The development of the properties was regulated by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) whose goal is to improve in the quality of development in the Region and in the quality of the natural environment.

Here’s what the developer had to say about the project in a news release:

Design Details: Community + Economy + Environment:
The overall designs of the five sites were intended to not only function as housing, but to also take into account the community, economy and environment. The eco-friendly buildings meet LEED certification requirements: units are 60 percent more energy efficient and a water system was specially engineered to retain 100 percent of the storm water, reducing 7 tons of sediment into Lake Tahoe each year. The Chipmunk property, a LEED registered project designed for Silver-level certification will also be home to a bio-filtration system, naturally treating storm water from the property. Furthermore, the projects collectively support the county storm water system through in-lieu fees. The permanent affordable housing offers viable housing options to individuals that rely on the resort and service industry for their livelihood. A year-round resident base lends to a boom in local businesses as well as, improving workforce retention for local employers. Due to the lack of decent affordable options in the past, many workers chose to commute from Reno, NV, and drive approximately 80 miles round trip to work each day. All tenants receive an annual bus pass at no expense to them for use on the TART line. The locations provide a link to downtown while also being near public transportation that allows an additional option of transportation to residents. The completion of the Deer, Trout, and Chipmunk provides more options to live in safe, energy-efficient, affordable housing that is closer to places of employment. This makes an enormous impact on tailpipe emissions as well as reducing the amount of automobile generated sediment storm runoff into Lake Tahoe.
Building a Strong Community:
The focus of the project went beyond the average amenities offered at most apartment and housing projects.  Residents from all five sites benefit from the recreational spaces. The Chipmunk site offers everything from health and wellness and skill-building courses to parenting classes and on-site food cultivation and preparation classes. The Chipmunk project also included the first phase of the core improvement project along Highway 28, which included the undergrounding of all overhead utilities and the installation of colored sidewalks and decorative street lighting. All sites are within walking distance of a grocery store, pharmacy, post office, medical offices, shops, restaurants, parks, job center and public bus stop. Units are now 100 percent occupied.”
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