Apartment project breaks ground

Community Development Director Jeffrey Lambert, Councilmember Cheryl Heitmann, Deputy Mayor Neal Andrews and others had their golden shovels ready to start digging. Photo by Michael Gordon
Community Development Director Jeffrey Lambert, Councilmember Cheryl Heitmann, Deputy Mayor Neal Andrews and others had their golden shovels ready to start digging. Photo by Michael Gordon

On Feb.11 a groundbreaking ceremony was held for a new, 173-unit development in Ventura, Parklands Apartments at Wells Road & Telegraph Road. The estimated completed date is March, 2017.

In attendance were the developer, construction employees, interested neighbors  and city dignitaries. Speaking to the gathered crowd were City of Ventura Councilmember Cheryl Heitmann and Community Development Director Jeffrey Lambert, as well as Trustee of the Gladys Daily Coffman Trust (Previous property owner) Laura McAvoy and Owner/Developer John Ashkar.

stuff Parklands Apartments insetResidents will have access to various courtyards and an elevated deck overlooking the Brown Barranca, along with amenities including recreational facilities, barbeque areas, a pool and spa. Linear parks, bike pathways, and pocket parks in and around the project will provide residents with ample green space for outdoor recreational activities. Other amenities will include a full gym, lounge, conference room, and game room.

Future plans for the site call for over 200 single-family homes and other type housing. This will make it one of the biggest developments of its type in Ventura.

John Ashkar’s development company Westwood Communities Corp. has several other large apartment projects in the planning stage to be built in Ventura. With Ventura’s vacancy rate extremely low more units are very much needed.

 

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