APTOS -- County officials held a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday on a $22.4 million work force housing project, with plans calling for the first residents to move in next fall.
Aptos Blue, across the street from the Safeway shopping center on Soquel Drive, is an affordable rental apartment community being developed by MidPen Housing Corp. It will consist of 40 homes for low- and very low-income individuals and families, according to a news release.
Financing for the project comes from several sources, including Santa Cruz County, the California Department of Housing and Community Development, and CalHFA -- Mental Health Services Act.
"Aptos Blue brings much-needed affordable work force housing to our county," Supervisor Ellen Pirie, whose 2nd District includes Aptos, wrote in a release ahead of the event.
The development also is near the library, public transportation lines and the beach, allowing residents to "work, shop and play within walking distance to their home, which also benefits the environment," according to the release.
The development will consist of four studios and four one-bedroom, 16 two-bedroom and 16 three-bedroom apartments on about two acres of the 5.5-acre parcel. Other features will include landscaped outdoor areas, a children's play area and a community garden. A historic house also will be renovated into a community building for Aptos Blue residents.
Aptos Blue is the 11th community MidPen Housing has developed in Santa Cruz County, according to Jan Lindenthal, MidPen's vice president of real estate development.
MidPen Resident Services Corp. will serve as property manager, coordinating and managing onsite programs and services for residents, including an after-school program, computer training, financial management courses, nutritional education and access to other community resources.