Work has begun on a $5.5 million housing community in Pasco that should provide apartments to low-income residents and migrant workers.
The 38-unit project is being built on more than five acres owned by the Housing Authority of Pasco and Franklin County near the intersection of Fourth and Pearl streets. It should be done by May 2015.
The plot has sat vacant for more than 40 years after a World War II Navy housing development was demolished.
Housing Authority Executive Director Andy Anderson said the project is expected to cost about $8 million.
ZBA Architects designed the project, and Walker Construction is the general contractor. Beacon Development Group is providing development services, while Cascade Management will be the property manager.
The Washington State Department of Commerce contributed $5 million from the state Housing Trust Fund toward the project, and Pasco supplied $50,000 of Community Development Block Grant money to support public infrastructure around the development.
"It's not just Pasco -- it's our whole community that needs more affordable housing," Anderson said. "It's probably just going to scratch the surface, but we had the opportunity to start this project."
Thirteen apartments should be rented to families that earn less than 40 percent of area median income, and 25 apartments are to be rented to families that earn less than 50 percent of area median income.
The development is to include six residential buildings and a community center. Anderson said most of the residential buildings will be two stories, but some handicap-accessible units will stand just one story.
"The buildings are on the outskirts of the property," Anderson said. "In the center is a green area. We're hoping to put in a playground area for kids."
The Housing Authority plans to market the apartments to agricultural workers employed in the area.
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