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Senior units envisioned for Cottage site
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A 48-unit apartment complex for low-income seniors along Cottage Avenue on the southwest side of its overpass with Highway 99 is moving forward.

The Manteca Planning Commission on Tuesday is reviewing plans for the project that will be built in part with the remaining $2.63 million of redevelopment agency bond proceeds set aside for affordable housing projects. RDA funds have previously assisted in the building of affordable units for seniors on Union Road at Lathrop Road, a senior complex behind Bank of Stockton on North Main Street, the rehabilitation of a low-income apartment complex on Wawona Avenue at Union Road, rehabilitation of the HOPE Family Shelter, the working class Juniper Apartments on Atherton Drive and various endeavors helping low income seniors with home repairs and first-time home buyers.

The state pulled the plug on redevelopment agencies up and down California and seized their tax rolls to resolve the state budget crisis in lieu of cutting state programs farther.

DFA Development of Stockton is seeking to build 13 buildings containing 48 units and a 1,235-square-foot community center as part of Manteca’s fourth subsidized housing project exclusively for low income seniors. Plans call for 36 one-bedroom units and 12 two-bedroom units. Forty-two of the units will be on ground level while six will be on a second floor.

The largest building will be 3,370 square feet. They will be constructed using durable fiber-cement that has the look of a wood-lap siding so that it blends in with the surrounding single family homes.

The complex will include two community gardens.

The site at one time was home to an upholstery shop that was demolished more than a decade ago after an apartment complex had been proposed for the site but did not materialize.

The Planning Commission meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Manteca Civic Center, 1001 W. Center St.