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Lake Elsinore's New Low-Income Apartment Project Complete

Ninety-four of the 113 apartments at the newly constructed Pottery Court development are occupied or have been scheduled for move-in as of July 5

A new low-income housing project in Lake Elsinore is complete, and officials plan to mark the occasion.

On Thursday from 1-3 p.m., there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate final construction of the Pottery Court apartment complex located at 295 West Sumner Avenue.

Among the dignitaries scheduled to take part in the ceremony are Lake Elsinore Mayor Brian Tisdale; Riverside County Supervisor Bob Buster; and officials from BRIDGE Housing Corporation, the nonprofit developer on the project.

Redevelopment money was used to fund the $24 million project, which was approved by the Lake Elsinore in June 2008. Construction on the project wrapped up last month, said BRIDGE Housing spokesperson Lyn Hikida.

Eight residential buildings containing a total of 113 apartments make up the Pottery Court complex. Ninety-four of the apartments are occupied or have been scheduled for move-in as of July 5, and BRIDGE is still processing applications to fill the remaining units, Hikida said.

The apartments are targeted to families with annual incomes of up to $33,500 for a four-person household. Monthly rents range from approximately $559 to $677, depending on income and apartment size.

The development features 20 one-bedroom apartments, 48 two-bedrooms, and 45 three-bedrooms.

Application info is online at http://www.bridgehousing.com/Pottery-App-Info. Proof of income and U.S. citizenship are required as part of the application process.

Roberto July 11, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Melendez owns property in the RDA area and voted same as George Alongi who was convicted for the exact same crime. Hickman is a managing Michele Knights latest venture who is a vexing litigant charged with felonies and I can't wait to figure out why Peter Weber aligned himself, but I'm sure it's gotta a be some freebies in it for him.
Ken Mayes July 11, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Its not just Elsinore, this is occurring throughout the country. The failed "Housing Project" policy of the United States is what happens when government misreads the constitution. Its Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Nowhere in there is a guarantee of the latter. This idea that the government can guarantee happiness is partly to blame for the housing fiasco that has led this country into the current recession.
Antonio July 11, 2012 at 03:05 PM
What is M. Knight's latest venture?
David Pereira July 11, 2012 at 03:51 PM
I'm pretty sure once the City reached 50,000 that it was the legal responsibilty the ctiy provide a certain percentage of low-income housing. I thought you knew that already LE Resident, or are you just still looking for reasons to bring up your distaste for the current council? I think you're just a trouble-maker. All you do is spout off complaints about every news story but yet NEVER have anything positive to say or do. You're just like the rest of the trolls on here. wah wah wah.
Human Being July 11, 2012 at 04:00 PM
It's very cool to see the people cheering when poor people are housed.
andy July 11, 2012 at 04:35 PM
I agree with your comment; however, it just seems to me that Lake Elsinore has more low cost rental housing in the private sector then any other market out here and didn't really need to build this. But of course it's not just nice it's is necessary that we make sure the poor have a place to live, health care, and education and job training. They should have housed a Job Training Center in this community to help the people get out of their hopefully temporary situation.
zzstar10zz July 11, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Great just what we need more ghetto! Why can't we get more big name brand stores and restaurants so we don't have to drive 10+ miles just to go somewhere! Or how about a facelift for all the stores near the lake that way when people vacation or visit the lake they will want to come back rather then never wanting to come back to the crap hole!
Diana July 11, 2012 at 04:59 PM
@zz...well said, but these apartments are really nice with all the upgrades that the City could of imagined in them. It's to bad that they will be turned into a crap hole over the years like every other low income apartment in this City. Not to mention that the City is paid by the government for low income apartments I believe. I too wish for places to shop and restaurants to eat at but until those in charge get their head out of dreaming extreme I like so many others will continue to take are tax dollars to other Cities that have what we need. Have you checked out the new restaurant the Alligator Pit, try their ribs of steaks they are really, really good.
Lepimpster July 11, 2012 at 05:28 PM
I'm starting to see why so many residents here resort to drug use. It's from allowing the council to feed us lines of crap and allow these types of projects to be built. It's bad enough they continue to allow mining in our area. Problem in politics is everyone is out for themselves and what benefits them, not society. Well time to go make a phony dr. Appt so I can get a prescription note and go find one of those abundant green cross facilities. "if you can't beat em, join em"......lol
Popeye July 11, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Tea Bagger leadership!!!!! Ha ha ha Then the tebaggers backstab each other...ha ha ha
Martha L. Bridges July 11, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Each city's obligations to build very low, low income housing and speciality housing such as adult care facitities, and temporary housing are all spelled out in a usually complex document - the Housing Element which is one of the seven major elements of the city's General Plan. The state and agencies set the Housing Element requirements for very low and low income housing based on population, land space and many other factors. So there is no sense in blaming the city council for building this type of housing. The obligation to build these types of housing is part of becoming a city in California. However, there is some flexibilty in how and when the Housing Element plans are implemented and that is something the city council and planning department have input to. They can exercise control over the design and quality of the units.
Lepimpster July 11, 2012 at 05:49 PM
LE Resident, can you explain the 10% on forclosures. My wife and I are currently trying to buy a foreclosure so this is alittle concerning to me. If you could elaborate or tell me where to find the info I would greatly appreciate it.
Diana July 11, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Lepimpster, I believe that LER was referring to the Alberhill Development regarding the raise of the mello roos and the 10% foreclosure. If I'm not correct you can rest assured that he will correct me.
Mr.A July 11, 2012 at 06:12 PM
David and Martha thanks for the info. I didn't know that.. Just hope people take care of them because they look nice on the pic...
Diana July 11, 2012 at 06:27 PM
The following streets within the City of Lake Elsinore already are or contain low or very low income housing, Pottery Court, Lincoln, Joy St., Parkview, Woodcrest, Broadway, Lindsay, Riverside Dr., Grand, Lincoln, Graham, Kellogg, Limited, Pope, Spring, Peck, Heald, and Ellis, also the apartments by the car dealerships are also low income. I'm sure that there are more, I believe that Lake Elsinore has filled the mandated requirement for this type of housing for a town that is just over 50,000.
Martha L. Bridges July 11, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Diana and others, No need to wonder about questions surrounding the low income housing. If you want to verify the required, qualifying very low, low and moderate income housing for Lake Elsinore you can use the following link: http://www.lake-elsinore.org/index.aspx?page=909 The following documents would be the best to start with: View Adopted General Plan/District Land Use Maps (Adopted December 13, 2011) •View Adopted Downtown Master Plan (Adopted December 13, 2011) •View Adopted Housing Element (Adopted December 13, 2011) •View Lake Elsinore Climate Action Plan (Adopted December 13, 2011)
Lepimpster July 11, 2012 at 07:19 PM
Thanks Diana! I wasnt sure if the city was trying to impose some sort of a tax on people buying foreclosures in general
Roberto July 11, 2012 at 09:09 PM
We need low income housing in Lake Elsinore and the surrounding are? LOL! Just about all the housing in Lake Elsinore s low income housing. How about building soem low income housing up there in Tuscany Hills ? Seems to me if you own property in an RDA, vote for low income housing this is a direct benefit to yourself and to our collective detriment. Now guess who did this and Her name isn't George Alongi.
Martha L. Bridges July 11, 2012 at 09:48 PM
Andy, the other areas or our neighboring cities are under pressure from state agencies to fulfill their obligations to build their "fair share" of low income housing, so Wildomar, Menifee, Murrieta and even Temecula will be catching up with their commitments as funding becomes available. We need to keep in mind that in the very low and low income housing market, there are good and bad designs/construction and poor or good administration. It is also true that many seniors, even hardworking ones that saved for retirement, have been devastrated by losses in their savings and investments or the unexpected loss of a spouse. There is a real need for this kind of housing and it's false to assume that everyone getting it is trying to scam the system.
Martha L. Bridges July 12, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Mr Arellano, It's my feeling that a lot of the disagreements we see in the Patch comments are due to a lack of knowledge and good information. Facts are better than opinions in most cases. Thankfully a great deal of information is now available to people online. No need to wonder about questions surrounding the low income housing. If you want to verify the required, qualifying very low, low and moderate income housing for Lake Elsinore you can use the following link: http://www.lake-elsinore.org/index.aspx?page=909 The following documents would be the best to start with: View Adopted General Plan/District Land Use Maps (Adopted December 13, 2011) •View Adopted Downtown Master Plan (Adopted December 13, 2011) •View Adopted Housing Element (Adopted December 13, 2011) •View Lake Elsinore Climate Action Plan (Adopted December 13, 2011)
andy July 12, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Martha, I didn't mean to imply that anyone is trying to scam the system. I believe a few bad apples should not dissuade the community from fulfilling its obligation to its poor, sick, disabled, and elderly. I just think that there is a plethora of low cost rentals in our local market. There is also a lot of vacancies out here, and it is my opinion that we would be better served by not building housing for the poor at all but by enabling the poor to get housing in the open market through housing grants and subsidies for the indigent. Wouldn't this help the real estate market? Why must we warehouse the poor in these "projects" which often end up becoming eyesores and centers for crime?
Martha L. Bridges July 12, 2012 at 03:19 PM
8:15 am on Thursday, July 12, 2012 Andy, I agree that alternative methods need to be considered, especially with the number of foreclosed homes and condos sitting empty. (and, likely more to come.) I understand that some cities and other groups are buying these homes at depressed value, rehabing them, and resell them at low cost and interest rates. My concern is with the people commenting hear who think we shouldn't help these needy people - even on a temporary basis. I see a lot of good people who have worked hard all their lives, and in many cases have done the right thing and put money aside for retirement. They have lost those retirement savings and often can't find work and there needs to be help for them. I just don't get how some people think food, shelter, health care and education shouldn't be available to those in need. Aren't we supposed to treat our neighbors decently, and assist those in need of our help? I believe it is an obligation to do so. And, that it is necessary for our society to progress and our economy to recover. I meant to say that it is the unlicensed contractors who are scamming the system, not the people who work for them.

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