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EAH Housing Breaks Ground On Imperial Village, An Affordable Housing Community in Imperial County

EAH Housing, one of the largest and most respected nonprofit housing development and management organizations in the Western United States, today announced it has broken ground on Imperial Village, a 69-unit affordable housing community for seniors in downtown Imperial.

“This community has been designed to meet the needs of low-income seniors in our small desert community, and will fit gracefully within Imperial’s downtown area,” said Othon Mora, Community Development Director for the City of Imperial. “The affordable housing crisis is acute in all of California, and this also holds true in our community. We’re thrilled to be able to have a hand in addressing it.”

Located at 307 & 321 North Imperial Avenue, the three-story building will comprise 68 one-bedroom apartment homes reserved for seniors, one two-bedroom apartment set aside for the building manager, a common area with fitness room, a specially-designated common room to play card games and other activities, and an area set aside for use as a civic space for the City of Imperial. A laundry room will be located on each floor.

On-site parking will comprise 29 spaces. A solar photovoltaic installation on the roof of the parking structure will supplement the community’s electricity usage. Units at Imperial Village will be reserved for seniors making 30%-60% of the area median income (AMI).

In fact, Imperial Village is designed to take full advantage of the desert sun. In addition to the photovoltaic system in place to lower utility costs in both common areas and private apartment homes, building efficiency will be enhanced through the GreenPoint system.

“Our organization is committed to leveraging our expertise and relationships to fill the growing gap for affordable housing in California. Projects like Imperial Village are perfect examples of what that means in practice,” said Laura Hall, President and CEO of EAH Housing. “Every unit we add to the City’s housing inventory helps and we want to celebrate that here today.”

Designed by architect NOAA Group in close collaboration with the City of Imperial to have a traditional character, the building’s exterior will be accented by arched openings, classic columns and large shade overhangs. A courtyard and community garden with raised planter beds will be a focus point for outdoor activities. 

Neighborhood amenities and transit located within walking distance to Imperial Village include a bus stop, Eager Park, a grocery store, pharmacy, library, legal and community services, municipal government offices, a post office, and restaurants and retail. 

“HCD is proud to be a major funder of the Imperial Village community, which will provide adults 62 and older an affordable place to call home,” said Gustavo Velasquez, Director of the California Department of Housing and Community Development. “As the state continues to make investments to meet our statewide goal of 2.5 million new units by 2035, Imperial Village demonstrates the power of collaboration from the local level to the state to meet the housing needs of all Californians.”

Construction of Imperial Village is scheduled for completion mid 2024.

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