The HACSB is the largest residential landlord in the City of Ventura. Photo by Michael Gordon
On Wednesday, Mar. 28, ground was broken on the Rancho Verde Apartments, the first USDA Section 514 rental housing property to be developed by the Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura (HACSB). It will be the first net zero energy multifamily residential property in the City of Ventura.
In this new development, 24 USDA Rural Housing units will be constructed as a multi-family site for farmworker households. Rancho Verde Ventura LP, a limited partnership affiliated with the Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura, is the owner and the Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura will be property manager. It is located at S. Saticoy Avenue and Blackburn Rd.
The project has been designed to achieve the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Homes Platinum Certification. The landscaping will be irrigated by an onsite greywater facility. The architect is Mainstreet Architects + Planners, Inc., and the general contractor is Ashwood Construction, Inc.
Helping with the first shovel full were Denise Wise, Chief Executive Officer HACSB,Jim White, Vice Chair, HACSB Board of Commissioners,Bret Helgren, Multi-Family Housing Coordinator, United States Department of Agriculture,John Polanskey, Chair, HACSB Board of Commissioners,Veronica Garcia, Deputy Director of Real Estate Development, HACSB and Christian M. von Merkatz, Vice President – Relationship Manager, Community Lending & Investment, Wells Fargo.
The HACSB is the largest residential landlord in the City of Ventura, with over 300 public housing units, more than 1,500 Section 8 vouchers, and over 500 non-profit affordable rental units. The agency is actively working to increase the supply of affordable housing and to improve the quality of life for hundreds more of the low-income residents throughout the City of Ventura.