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NEWS
October 28, 2003
Deirdre Newman Two community organizations have joined forces to focus attention on providing more affordable housing and eliminating substandard apartment conditions. St. Joachim Catholic Church and the Orange County Congregation Community Organizations started working together in September. One of the main priorities is to create standards that landlords would have to adhere to when renting out their apartments. There is a need to hold landlords more accountable to ensure a higher quality of life for apartment tenants, said Alma Marquez, senior organizer with the county group.
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NEWS
September 9, 2000
SENIOR HOUSING Newport Beach's affordable housing task force has concluded that senior citizens have the most pressing need for assistance with housing. The task force, which includes council members Jan Debay, Gary Adams and Tod Ridgeway, also says it's time for The Irvine Co. to develop affordable housing required by the general plan's housing element in connection with the construction of 850 homes. The task force chose Lower Bayview Landing as the site where an affordable housing project could be developed without significant delay.
NEWS
March 18, 2001
In the coming weeks, Newport Beach officials will begin the long, detailed and at times tedious process of bringing more affordable housing to the city. It is far from the most glamorous part of their jobs. It involves calculating percentages of "housing units," putting into place specific programs to encourage developers to build low-income housing and even determining what "low-income" means. But it will be among their most important jobs, and potentially among their most outstanding legacies because of a simple fact of life: Everybody grows old. City officials have acknowledged that Newport Beach's increasing senior population -- already a fourth of residents -- is demanding more affordable housing be built.
NEWS
March 13, 2001
Mathis Winkler NEWPORT BEACH -- When Jo Bessell learned last year that her Domingo Drive apartment had been sold, she knew her rent would increase. Over the 28-plus years that she's lived in her two-bedroom abode, Bessell's rent had steadily climbed from $275 to $1,160 per month. But then Bessell's new landlord informed her that he would tack on another $465 to her monthly bill, adding that at $1,625 she'd still be paying less than the going market rate.
NEWS
By Brianna Bailey | November 30, 2007
The Newport Beach Planning Commission approved a multimillion dollar development agreement with the Irvine Co. Thursday night to create a new planned community in Newport Center. Six of the city’s seven planning commissioners voted to pass the deal up to Newport Beach City Council for final review. Commissioner Michael Toerge was absent. A few residents expressed concern the deal was moving rapidly through city government without enough time for public discussion. City officials expect the council’s approval of the deal by the end of the year.
NEWS
June 21, 2001
Mathis Winkler NEWPORT BEACH -- There's not much room to grow here, and apparently that's OK. The city's need for new homes over the next five years is less than a quarter of what had to be built in the early 1990s, according to a draft document on housing needs that planning commissioners will discuss at their meeting tonight. While the city set a goal of 2,062 new housing units for the period from 1989 to 1994, city officials expect 476 new homes will be enough to meet the city's needs until 2005.
NEWS
By Jean Forbath | July 10, 2012
The Daily Pilot's front-page story (Re. "Council approves tax-free bond to renovate Bethel Towers," July 7) about the $37-million tax-free bond raises many questions. It stated that, thanks to this deal approved by the City Council, Costa Mesa's low-income seniors would be guaranteed affordable housing at Bethel Towers for 55 years. What it didn't point out is that the project's promise to keep only 20% of the 269 units affordable results in a loss of 215 affordable units!
NEWS
June 2, 2003
June Casagrande Since the late Phil Sansone began the push about 10 years ago for a senior affordable housing complex at Lower Bayview Landing, this is the closest the city has ever come to see that dream materialize. The Irvine Co. has committed the land at the 15-acre site, the city has approved the project, a developer is ready to apply for state funding and the City Council has voted to approve the permits. Now, a single Coastal Commission vote stands as the last hurdle to building 150 units of affordable housing for seniors at the site.
NEWS
By Ana Facio Contreras | August 1, 2006
Construction has begun for a 145-unit condominium project, the first in Costa Mesa's downtown redevelopment area to combine upscale units with affordable housing. The project at 1901 Newport Blvd. is expected to help revitalize downtown near Triangle Square. The Pacifica at Newport Plaza development will include two-bedroom condominiums estimated to start at $500,000, said Michael Eadie, vice president of Rutter Development Corp., the company building the project. Seven affordable housing units will be built by Rutter and five will be built by the city at a different site.
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