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Affordable housing project scrutinized by neighbors

Neighbors of a proposed affordable housing development in Tahoe Vista are concerned about traffic, infrastructure constraints and property values.

Al Turner, a contractor who owns property adjacent to the proposed development, said his property value would decline because traffic would go past the homes he is developing on Grey Lane. Tahoe Vista resident Meera Beser said she doesn’t believe those who really need affordable housing would be able to afford what is proposed. And another resident said he doesn’t believe the community has been provided adequate opportunity for input on the project.

“Statistically, crime isn’t a problem,” said Tahoe Vista resident Randy Hill. “It’s fear that’s causing us to hesitate on this … It has to be right for the Tahoe Vista community before it is right for the greater community.”

But the Mourelatos family, who own the 12-acre parcel off National Avenue, and Pacific West Communities, the developer of the project, say affordable housing is needed on the North Shore.

The Mourelatos family proposed another workforce housing project more than a year ago called Cedar Grove, but it failed due to rising construction costs. Neighbors also did not approve of the 150 units proposed.

In response, Alex Mourelatos formed a coalition of neighbors and business owners to come up with a plan.

The compromise is 72 units, with 64 rental units and eight for-sale single-family homes. The project is currently undergoing the environmental review process and will be released to the public for comment in April, said Andrea Clark of Pacific West. Communities.

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