Housing study finds big need in Kings Beach
December 18, 2008
Plan to triple the amount of affordable housing still on track
By Annie Flanzraich
KINGS BEACH ” A project to triple the amount of affordable housing in Kings Beach on four different sites is moving along, said Jim LoBue, assistant director of the Placer County Redevelopment Agency.
The agency is working with San Francisco-based Domis Development and other entities to develop 74 units of affordable rental housing in the North Shore community. The county has committed more than $5 million toward the project to secure several of the properties to be developed by Domus, LoBue said.
Domus plans to redevelop six scattered parcels, both vacant and occupied, in Kings Beach. The are located on Deer Street and Rainbow Avenue, Fox Street, Chipmunk Street and Trout Street.
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“We have done studies and surveys of the housing condition of Kings Beach and found through that study that there is tremendous housing need in that community,” LoBue said. “There is a lot of overcrowding in very small units that may have originally be built as vacation cabins or motels and then converted into permanent housing. A lot of people live in these because the community does not have enough newer decent affordable workforce housing.”
According to a 2008 survey conducted by Domus, 39 percent of door-to-door respondents who said that housing eats up at least half of their combined household income. According to the same study 75 percent of households whose members live and work in Kings Beach and live in a housing unit with only one bedroom. The average household size for this group is five people.
The 32 low-cost units currently on those sites planned to be developed by Domus house more than 130 people. The finished project will result in 100 units on the same properties which could house 300 residents.
In addition to the Domus Development project, LoBue foresees more affordable housing projects in the future for Kings Beach if new development in the area gets approved.
According to Placer County ordinances, new dwelling units in a residential project within the boundaries of the redevelopment area of six units or more must include at least 15 percent to be rented or sold at rates affordable to low or moderate income residents.
On the horizon, LoBue is looking at different projects that could come under this code including two Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Community Enhancement Program projects. One is the BB LLC plan that would develop 18 blocks in downtown Kings Beach between Coon and Fix streets.
The other is Ferrari Family Resort, which would develop parcels on both sides of Highway 28 between Secline and Deer streets including the Crown Restor, former Gold Crest and Rite Aid Pharmacy.