BELL GARDENS - Terra Bella, a new affordable housing complex in Bell Gardens for senior citizens, officially opened May 29."Terra Bella is a tremendous asset to our community," said Bell Gardens mayor Pedro Aceituno. "I am proud to know that we can provide safe, affordable housing to our senior residents." Located at 5720 Clara St., the 65-unit Terra Bella is Bell Gardens' third affordable housing development, boosting the city's affordable rental supply by 31 percent. The developments were built by Adobe Communities, which also offers its senior residents services such as case management, advocacy counseling and recreational activities. "Terra Bella is a prime example of what can be accomplished through a wide-range of public-private partnerships," said Robin Hughes, president and CEO of Adobe Communities. "The support from our partners, combined with project-based Section 8 rental subsidies, ensures deep and permanent affordability to seniors who live on fixed incomes. This is especially important as economies of scale continue to shift." The development features sustainability features such as a photovoltaic system, solar hot water system, Energy Star appliances and light fixtures, and formaldehyde-free cabinetry. There is also an on-site resident resource center with three computer stations, common kitchen and social gathering area; central courtyard with physical activity stations, edible community garden and social gathering spaces; laundry; and on-site property management and resident services provided by Adobe Communities.
********** Published: June 13, 2013 - Volume 12 - Issue 09