Village Park bases rent on income
The exterior is an elegant mixture of stucco and stone. Inside, the apartments have an airy, modern feel, with high ceilings, vinyl floors that look just like wood, generously sized windows and colored accent walls.
It’s not how you’d imagine low-income housing.
Yet the new apartment complexes that will be rented to folks on a sliding-scale basis off 28 and Patterson roads already are in demand.
The 72-unit Village Park Apartments also should help reduce some of the Grand Valley’s need for affordable housing, said Jody Kole, chief executive officer of the Grand Junction Housing Authority, the group that constructed the apartments.
“We made sure everything is durable,” Kole said. “We created them to be affordable and quality for the next 50 years. It will be desirable for an extended time.”
Already, a few units are spoken for, and the list of people wanting to get into the apartments is 130 people long, but not all those people will qualify, Kole said. The apartments will be rented to working folks, and others with incomes. Rents will be 30 to 60 percent of a person’s income according to a formula set by the Adjusted Area Median Family Income.
According to that scale, the lowest possible monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment is $270 and the most expensive monthly rent for a three-bedroom apartment is $850.
After a waiting list for affordable housing through the Grand Junction Housing Authority reached more than 3,000 people long about two years ago, the agency had to stop taking names. A waiting list now is about 2,000 people long, but not all the people on that list can qualify to live at Village Park Apartments, which require residents to pay rent.
Some neighbors in the area of Patterson Road initially protested the creation of the apartment complexes, but that hasn’t resurfaced since construction began.
Because of covenants already in place in the area, the three-story complexes were created to blend into their surroundings and are outfitted with a number of eye-catching details like balconies, stonework and a mix of construction materials. Each unit is outfitted with all appliances, including washers and dryers. Landscaping and a playground will be added in September, when the weather cools enough to ensure that plants survive.
The $10 million project enlisted the help of 325 workers, 90 percent of whom lived in Mesa County. “We really tried to keep as much money as possible in the local economy,” Kole said.
In a couple years, the housing authority plans to break ground on a second phase of the Village Park Apartments, creating a 60-unit complex for senior citizens at the site.
The Grand Junction Housing Authority maintains more than 500 units and helps pay rent to landowners for more than another 500.
Some of their properties include Arbor Vista, 515 and 520 Court Road; Linden Pointe, 1950 Barcelona Way; and the senior housing complex, Ratekin Tower, 875 Main St.
Anyone who wants to live at Village Park Apartments should apply by calling Dannette at 683-1050 or visit the onsite leasing office. More information about Village Park Apartments and other housing opportunities at the Grand Junction Housing Authority are online at either http://www.village-park.com or http://www.gjha.org.