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Affordable housing project announced

By Dave Detling 8:42 PM February 3, 2014

88 new units slated for construction

ANCHORAGE – Ground breaking for a $23.9 million affordable housing project is expected later this spring.

A partnership brokered by Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, including Cook Inlet Housing Authority; Trapline, LLC and V2, LLC, will result in 70 new housing units to be built along Mountain View Drive, plus 18 units on San Roberto Avenue in the Russian Jack neighborhood.

Mountain View will feature a total of 14 buildings including a community center.

San Roberto is a three-building project containing 18 one- and two-bedroom apartments.

AHFC told KTVA all units will be affordable, benefiting working families. Catholics Social Services will provide case management services to residents.

Prior to the start of construction, a strip of public housing will be demolished along San Roberto Avenue.

Current tenants will be moved to housing with similar rent to what they currently pay.

One tenant who did not want her name shared told KTVA she’s worried about the relocation process.

“I know this area,” she said. “It’s where I shop, where I live, where my kids go to school and it has been consistent for over 10 years, and now we just don’t know.”

Case workers are reaching out to residents to make for an easy transition, said AHFC Planning Director Mark Romick, adding that qualifying tenants will have an option to move back.

Both properties are expected to be completed in 2015.

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