Written by The Business Journal Staff
The Cesar Chavez Foundation is holding a groundbreaking ceremony for Las Palmas de Sal Gonzales, Sr., a new intergenerational affordable housing community in Fresno on Wednesday.
“Were pleased to break ground on our fifth affordable housing community in Fresno,” said Paul Chavez, Cesar Chavez Foundation president. “In addition to providing families and seniors with high-quality housing, the property will also include an afterschool program for young residents and programs for seniors.”
The community at 5070 E. Kings Canyon Rd. will have 135 units, 89 of which will be designated for low-income families, with the rest for low-income seniors. The buildings will include a computer lab, recreational room, community kitchen, patio courtyard, picnic area, garden area, child activity area, two multipurpose rooms and a library and senior activity area.
The project was funded through California cap and trade program—one of the largest amounts given out in California. It received federal tax credits state tax credits, tax exempt bonds proceeds and assistance from the City of Fresno. It has been designed with walk paths, bike paths, an improved crosswalks and street lighting to promote energy efficiency.
It will reportedly cost about $32 million to build the project. About half of that is coming from cap-and-trade funds.
The property is named for Sal Gonzales, Sr., a farmworker and delegate at the United Farm Workers Founding Convention in 1962.