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Affordable housing doable

David Unterman

County supervisors and Grass Valley council members all say they support housing for working families. Soon, they can prove it.

Wildwood Ridge languished for years while the county took losses on taxes. Another developer proposes 300-plus mostly large homes. These will mainly attract retirees and high-income professionals from elsewhere.

Making the maximum profit isn’t developers’ god-given right. They can cooperate by providing land for homes for local teachers, police, nurses, and others. Their initial offer, 22 by 23-foot studios over a few garages was insulting.

Grass Valley’s proposed Berg Heights, where homebuyers had funding for only 5 years, was also weak.

Experienced nonprofits have built solid, owner-occupied neighborhoods here. Lamarque Court, off Brighton Street, and Perseverance Mine Court, off Searls Avenue, were supervised by Rural California Assistance Corporation, cooperating with us locals. Mercy Housing of West Sacramento is building near Yuba College. Community Housing Improvement Project works around Chico.

These developers have up to 30 years of experience and get very favorable mortgage loans.

When Wildwood Ridge or a “special development area” like Loma Rica Ranch or Northstar proposes workforce housing, including financing, then we’ve got a good neighbor. Until then, our leaders can just say “no.”

David Unterman

Grass Valley


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