Off to a smooth start – Project one of first to institute city’s policies |

Off to a smooth start – Project one of first to institute city’s policies

Construction has started on the 39-house Highlands project off Nevada City Highway, one of the first developments to implement Grass Valley’s new affordable-housing policies.

Buyers of eight of the houses will receive assistance from the city after qualifying on income and several other criteria. The resale price of the houses will then be restricted for 30 years in accordance with the city’s November decision.

The 4.8-acre project was approved in April 2004.

The houses will range from 700 to 1,250 square feet – one to three bedrooms – with four models, developer Bill Ross said.

“What we’re trying to create here is a little Victorian village,” Ross said.

Ross said he hopes to sell the houses for less than $350,000, which is possible because of their size and density.

“I expect to get a lot of fun out of this and also be doing a community service. It is difficult for people to get started in this area, to achieve the American dream,” Ross said.

Ross deals primarily with market-rate housing but said he would be interested in developing additional affordable housing.

Another affordable housing project in Grass Valley, planned for 8.5 acres off Whiting Street in Grass Valley, has already been approved.

Out of 67 houses, about 13 will be set aside for low-income families.

To learn more about the Highlands houses, call Cornerstone Reality at 265-5885. For more information on the city’s affordable housing guidelines, contact Leslie Woodman at 274-4714.

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