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Eco-Friendly Complex Opens Its Doors To Low-Income Seniors

— Low-cost housing is in short supply for San Diego’s seniors and disabled, but one new apartment complex in City Heights just opened its doors to 87 new residents.

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Aired 5/25/10

A large, vacant lot in City Heights has been transformed. It’s now a brand new, eco-friendly and affordable housing complex for seniors and the disabled.

Resident Anita Estes sits in the courtyard of the new, eco-friendly Courtyard Terraces in City Heights, May 20, 2010.
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Above: Resident Anita Estes sits in the courtyard of the new, eco-friendly Courtyard Terraces in City Heights, May 20, 2010.

The apartment complex, Courtyard Terraces, may look like a typical development from the outside, but it's unique. The four-story, $23-million complex is eco-friendly and designed for seniors and the disabled. Solar paneling, low-flow plumbing and insulated walls are just some of the green features.

Resident Anita Estes said she couldn’t be happier. "I zip around on my scooter, and this is perfect for me," she said. "I can do my laundry down the hall. I can come down for courtyard and get my sun, and be in a safe environment."

Richard Gentry, president and CEO of the San Diego Housing Commission said the project is a positive development for the community.

"It’s a good building block, an element toward redevelopment here. And what it means is a property that provides a positive influence in the neighborhood," said Gentry.

The units are rented for as low as $414 a month. The project is funded in part with a $6-million low-interest loan from the San Diego Housing Commission.

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barri | May 25, 2011 at 3:20 a.m. ― 3 years, 6 months ago

It's NOT Eco Friendly as they claimed. I lived at this complex for 6 months and recently moved. This apartments complex designated for Seniors & Disables tenant but they allow CHILDREN make NOISES all day long around the complex. As soon as your lease expired, they only sign month to month lease so they can INCREASE RENT.
WATCH OUT dealing with the management it's a NIGHTMARE.

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unikamine | July 1, 2013 at 12:32 p.m. ― 1 year, 5 months ago

Barri is absolutely correct, not to mention they have a bed bug infestation problem, the management doesn't even respond to it, until they feel like it. I currently live here & I am hating I( made the move.

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