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

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

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.

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

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.