Plan for 50 affordable apartments on Bryant coming soon
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VENTURA, Calif. - Californer -- Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation has announced plans to build 50 affordable, all-electric apartments, which will be called Cabrillo Vistas, for farmworkers and low-income families on a 2-acre property on Bryant Street in Ojai.

The project has not yet been submitted to the city for any permits.

Cabrillo is designing the all-electric project to be "net-zero for energy use" utilizing high-efficiency appliances, solar photovoltaic panels and "batteries capable of storing three days" of electricity, according to a statement released by Cabrillo on Feb. 22.  Electric vehicle charging stations, e-bike chargers and locked bike storage areas are included in the plan.

The city has confirmed the property is zoning M-1/Manufacturing.

"But the property also has a general plan and zoning alternate overlay for affordable housing," stated William Hughes, director of Real Estate Development with Cabrillo.

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The plan includes one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments in two- and three-story structures. A common meeting room, laundry room and restroom facilities are also part of the project. An outdoor play structure is part of the early plan, with after-school facilities and programs operated by Cabrillo. Cabrillo estimates that 78 children will live in the apartment complex. 19 units — nine two-bedroom units and 10 two-bedroom units — will be designated for farmworker families. Current plans are for two and three-story structures. Cabrillo stated the design of the structures will be "modern farmhouse" and built using "modern construction so the development process will be relatively quick," according to the statement.

This would be the third property developed by Cabrillo in the area. The other two are Montgomery Oaks and Sycamore Homes. Montgomery Oaks currently has 237 people on a waiting list, according to Cabrillo's statement.

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Design features will be incorporated to "reduce water use, including low-flow plumbing fixtures, high-efficiency laundry washers. The site will be engineered to capture rainfall for landscape irrigation, as well as to accommodate run-off from large stormwater events," utilizing hardscape, low-water trees and plants, according to the statement.

Cabrillo states that in the coming week it will engage in community outreach to share more information with the public and receive feedback.

The units will remain owned and managed by Cabrillo, and will be rented to qualifying tenants.

The Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation is based in Ventura and manages over 1,100 rental homes at 24 properties in the region, housing nearly 4,000 people.

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