Visalia’s Self-Help Enterprises is planning to build two apartment rental communities in Visalia and Dinuba at the end of this year.
The affordable housing developer will build a total of 80 new apartments through a combination of HOME fund loans, tax credits and mortgage loans. The complexes will be the agency’s first new apartment projects in nearly two years.
“It hasn’t been for lack of trying,” said Tom Collishaw, chief executive officer. “The competition for tax credits is stiff.”
Self-Help has been building single-family homes in recent years and providing rural families with drought-relief by installing new water tanks or fixing and replacing wells.
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Construction on the new apartments is expected to begin in September and completed by October 2016.
Highland Gardens on North Highland Street, east of Highway 63 between Riggin and Ferguson avenues, will be the agency’s first rental project in the city of Visalia. The development will have 36 apartments arranged in a U-shape around a community garden where residents can grow fruits and vegetables.
Sierra Village in Dinuba will have 44 units. The complex will be located at the corner of East Davis Drive and North Crawford Avenue.
The single-story developments will have two- and three-bedroom units with a front porch and patio area. Both communities will have a solar panel system to offset the power used in the common area and residential loads and community centers with computer labs, kitchens, laundry rooms and space for resident services.
Self-Help Enterprises, (559) 651-1000, selfhelpenterprises.org