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$8 million senior complex opens soon

March 22, 2002|By RUDY YNIGUEZ

Staff Writer

One word can summarize the feel of the new El Centro Senior Villas apartments at Park Avenue and Fifth Street: comfortable.

The $8 million, 81-unit complex is expected to open April 1. It encompasses 65,670 square feet of living space.

"I think they came out really nice," said Oscar Rodriquez, El Centro director of economic development, as he led a tour of the apartments Thursday.

Eligible tenants must be 62 years of age, with low to very low income.

The complex is U-shaped, with a center courtyard on the west side. It includes 16 apartments with two bedrooms and 64 with one bedroom. The courtyard has a whirlpool bath, a large grassy area, a gazebo and a barbecue grill. The one bedroom apartments have 575 square feet, while the two bedrooms have 780. All of the apartments have large sliding doors that lead to a balcony/patio, which has a locking storage room.


The kitchens are large with plenty of drawers and counter space. The ranges are electric. The bathrooms are built to accommodate wheelchairs. Each apartment has smoke detectors, sprinklers, an emergency call system and wall-mounted air conditioners/heaters. Plenty of energy efficient construction was included such as double-pane windows.

There is a centrally located elevator. It is close to downtown businesses.

The complex includes a nicely furnished community room with a capacity of 173. The room is filled with wood tables, comfortable chairs, sofas and a gas fireplace. The apartments and community room are fully carpeted, except for the bathrooms. There are two laundry rooms.

The community room, too, has a large kitchen and restrooms. The community room can be divided into smaller rooms. Books and magazines are waiting to be read. Art adorns the walls.

Al Mosk, on-site manager for Long Beach-based Community Housing Management Services, said the complex will be inspected today to certify occupancy. He said the management company has approved tenants for about half the complex.

"We don't have a shortage of applicants," he said, adding a grand opening will be celebrated April 25.

The complex is owned by a limited partnership company based in Los Angeles.

"We participated with the land," Rodriquez said, adding the RDA also covered the cost of permits and impact fees, about $260,000.

The land was purchased by the Redevelopment Agency in 1991 and 1997 for about $400,000.

>> Staff Writer Rudy Yniguez can be reached at 337-3440.

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