DUBLIN -- City officials this month welcomed the opening of the new Emerald Vista mixed-income community with 198 homes, 180 apartments, a community center and a day care center on the former site of the Arroyo Vista public housing project.

The 150 housing units at Arroyo Vista had fallen into disrepair and were torn down to make way for the new larger housing community at 6700 Dougherty Road across from the Camp Parks training base.

KB Homes and the nonprofit Eden Housing cooperated in the project. Eden oversaw the affordable apartments for families and seniors. KB built townhouses and single family homes.

"We know that affordable housing is important to Dublin's economic vitality," Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti said in a written statement released for the grand opening ceremonies on May 13. "In addition, housing that helps to meet the needs of all income levels provides for a richer more compassionate community of Dublin citizens."

According to a news release, the city of Dublin, Eden Housing and the Alameda County Housing Authority came up with the vision to replace the aging housing project with a new, larger community.

"We are especially pleased that more affordable units were rebuilt on the site than existed beforehand and that all former public housing residents were given first priority to return," said Christine Gouig, the Alameda County Housing Authority's executive director.


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Some 184 of the homes were priced at market cost, while 14 were priced below market rates, officials said. All 180 of the apartments have been leased, and the majority of the for-sale homes have been sold, said a city official.

Funding partners for the $54.6 million project included the county Housing Authority, the city of Dublin, Wells Fargo, California Community Reinvestment Corp., Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco and Silicon Valley Bank.

Contact Denis Cuff at 925-943-8267. Follow him at Twitter.com/deniscuff.

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