Pacific Coast Business Times: Mixing it up – Thousand Oaks getting city’s first mixed-use development

Thousand Oaks will soon have its first mixed-use residential project as part of a broader effort to revitalize its downtown area.

“We’re the first project,” said Gary Collett, one of the inves­tors. “We’re setting the tone.”

The 36 market rate apartments will rise in the spot of the for­mer Lupe’s Mexican Restaurant at 1710 Thousand Oaks Blvd. The city’s Planning Commission approved the development, the largest mixed-use residential and commercial project in the city’s history.

The first floor will consist of restaurant space. The developers are hoping for one large restaurant or possibly two small ones within the 5,000 square feet of commercial space.

The apartments will be built on the second and third floors. Most of the apartments will be two bedrooms, and four of them are intended to be “live-work” units, for a pianist or an architect, said developer Vince Daly.


Ventura County Star: Thousand Oaks OKs Project for Former Lupe’s Site

The Thousand Oaks Planning Commission this week approved construction of a mixed-use complex, including apartments, commercial space and outdoor dining areas, at the downtown site of the former Lupe’s Mexican Restaurant.

Lupe’s, a Thousand Oaks mainstay for nearly 70 years, closed in August.

The commission green-lighted the project by applicant Dalygroup Inc. on a 3-1 vote Monday night, with commission Chairman David Newman dissenting. Unless the commission’s decision is appealed to the City Council within 10 days, it will constitute the final approval of the project.

The commission approved a special-use permit to allow construction of two, three-story buildings with 36 apartments on the 5.13-acre site at 1710 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. and nearby parcels. The permit also allows the construction of 4,980 square feet of commercial space, parking areas, public exterior spaces, outdoor dining areas, recreation amenities and associated site improvements.



Thousand Oaks Acorn: Mixed Use Passes Muster

Work could begin as soon as this summer on a first-of-its-kind development in the city.

On Monday, the Thousand Oaks Planning Commission voted 3-1 in favor of a request to build a three-story mix of residential and retail less than a quarter-mile from the Civic Arts Plaza.

Applicant Vince Daly of Daly Group Inc. said after the Feb. 13 hearing that he would waste no time in starting construction at the site, a 5-acre property on Thousand Oaks Boulevard formerly home to Lupe’s Mexican Restaurant.

“We like to move fast,” Daly said. “Next we go into the construction drawings phase, which can take from three to six months, then we should start construction. Hopefully we’ll build the project in a year from there.”



Thousand Oaks Acorn Editorial: Thousand Oaks Tackles Housing Blues

We received another gloomy report last week on Ventura County’s economy that cited the usual suspects —lack of jobs, lack of housing and especially lack of housing that people can afford. The Thousand Oaks Planning Commission, however, lifted our spirits this week with approval of some badly needed apartments in its city core.

We have long decried the county’s severe lack of affordable housing. Save Open-space and Agricultural Resources growth-control laws have prevented urban sprawl, but the corollary of that — so-called “infill” development in core urban areas — is often thwarted by NIMBYism, general anti-growth sentiments and weakwilled city leaders.


Thousand Oaks Acorn: Trees pose challenge for highly touted mixed-use project

A proposal to build Thousand Oaks Boulevard’s fi rst mixed-use development is scheduled to go before the city’s planning commission next month.

The applicant, T.O.-based Daly Group Inc., is seeking to transform the former home of Lupe’s Mexican Restaurant into a two-building, three-story blend of residential and retail, with 36 apartments and three spaces for businesses. A date with the planning commission is tentatively set for Feb. 13.

Five years after city leaders adopted a new set of design standards and guidelines for the boulevard that included incentives to build mixed use, Daly’s proposal would be the first such project to reach the commission. Previous mixed-use applications—including Rick Principe’s plan for the former Conejo Valley Veterinary Hospital site—never made it past the planning stages.


Ojai Valley News: Pearl Street Project Underway

Dozers and backhoes were busy this week as construction got under wat in Ojai on the long awaited Craftsman Village. We’re digging trenches for plumbing and grading off areas for concrete,” said Aaron Emery, owner of the Santa Clarita-based Emery Construction, the builder contracted for the project. The concrete, he said, would probably be poured by Oct. 13.

“It’s been a long time coming,” said Rick Nielsen. “We’re really excited to finally be here.” Nielsen and business partner David Schuman are the principals in Raven Ridge Development, the Westlake Village owners of the forthcoming mixed-use property. Both men were on-site Oct. 12 as the trenches were cut at 611 Pearl St.



Press Release: Fickett Towers – Renovation of Affordable Housing

California Commercial Investment Group, Inc. (CCI), a California-based national affordable housing preservation and development firm, is proud to announce the Grand Opening of Fickett Towers Senior Apartments in Van Nuys, CA, an age-restricted, 55 and older HUD Project-Based Section 8 Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) Property.

An important part of Los Angeles’ affordable portfolio since approximately 1972, Fickett Towers was in danger of conversion to a market rate apartment complex, which would have resulted in hundreds of elderly residents losing their homes. The affordability covenants governing the apartment complex were set to expire along with the HAP contract providing rental subsidy to the elderly residents. The property was purchased in 2012 and then refinanced using a tax exempt bond and 4% LIHTCs, with permanent debt via HUD’s 223(f) loan program. The transaction included a long term renewal of the existing rental subsidy contract and the placement of extended use restrictions on the property, ensuring affordable housing to Los Angeles’s elderly and disabled residents for decades to come.


Thousand Oaks Acorn: Mixed Use Proposed at Former Lupe’s Site

A site that had come to represent Thousand Oaks’ past may serve as a window into its future.

T.O.-based Daly Group Inc. filed an application with the city this month to build a mixed-use housing development consisting of 36 apartments and three retail spaces in the 1700 block of E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., former home of Lupe’s Mexican Restaurant, which closed in August after 69 years in business.

If approved, the Daly project would be the first of its kind in the city, and the first since the City Council passed the Thousand Oaks Boulevard Specific Plan in 2011 calling for such development.


Press Release: Los Angeles Gardens, CASA Development, and Mariposa Manor – Better Buildings Challenge

Congratulations to California Commercial Investment (CCI) Group for taking the Challenge!

We are proud to have enrolled three of the California Commercial Investment (CCI) Group’s building portfolio into LABBC’s Affordable Housing Initiative (AHI). The addition of Los Angeles Gardens, CASA Development, and Mariposa Manor bring a total of 18 buildings to the program. CCI is interested in implementing energy and water efficiency projects across their units, as well as participation in the LABBC’s Tenant Engagement Platform (TEP).

New Partner Buildings: Los Angeles Gardens, CASA Development, and Mariposa Manor

The City of Los Angeles has set a goal to achieve 20% energy and water savings by 2020 across 30 million square feet of existing buildings as part of the Better Buildings Challenge, a national leadership initiative from the Department of Energy, which calls on public and private sector leaders to demonstrate the benefits of modernizing America’s existing buildings.


Affordable Housing News: Pioneer & Peaceful Haven – Fulfilling Their Mission

Owner/Operater Makes Best Decisions To Benefit Properties For The Long Term

The oil boom in North Dakota over the past several years has created a high demand for quality affordable housing throughout the state, especially for senior citizens in Dickinson. California Commercial Investment (CCI) Group owner of Pioneer/Peaceful Haven a 106 apartment community has extensively upgraded the property over the past year. The rehabilitation effort will result in 106 affordable senior apartments.

“This is a project-based Section 8 property that we wanted to preserve for the long term,” says Danielle Ohana Hastie, Director of Operations and Asset Management. “Right now in Dickinson, rents are doubling and tripling every year, and you have all these people moving into the state because of the oil boom.”


Spokesman-Review: California group buys Spokane’s Park Tower Apartments

A California company specializing in owning and managing affordable and low-income housing has purchased the 20-story Park Tower Apartments across from the Spokane Convention Center.

Built in 1973, the Park Tower has 184 units for seniors and disabled residents, most of whom are able to afford rents in the building through federal housing assistance.

The new owner is California Commercial Investments of Westlake Village, Calif. It owns and manages about 50 properties with nearly 5,000 units across the country. It provides affordable housing and conventional housing, said Danielle Hastie, a company spokeswoman.


Press Release: Pioneer & Peaceful Haven – Renovation of Affordable Housing

Renovated Complex Brings Affordable Housing for North Dakota’s Low Income Seniors

California Commercial Investment (CCI), a California-based national affordable housing preservation and development firm, is proud to announce the Grand Opening of Peaceful- Pioneer Havens Senior Apartments in Dickinson, North Dakota. CCI, along with elected officials, community leaders and other stakeholders will celebrate Peaceful-Pioneer Havens, an age-restricted, 55 and older HUD Project-Based Section 8 Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) Property.

Peaceful- Pioneer Haven’s grand opening ceremony will take place Friday October 4th from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the on-site, newly refurbished community room.


Poughkeepsie Journal: Lakeview Arms Senior Apartments to get $264,185 Federal Grant

A Town of Poughkeepsie apartment complex for senior citizens and people with disabilities has won a federal grant that helps keep people in their own apartment homes.

The Lakeview Arms Senior Citizens Apartments, a 71-unit complex overlooking Morgan Lake on Creek Road, will get $264,185 from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, according to an announcement from HUD.

The property is owned by the California Commercial Investment Group, which applied for the grant. Scott Heaton, director of the management division of the company, said it would enable the hiring of a full-time service coordinator at the site once the contract is signed.



Dickinson Press: Renovating Pioneer Haven

The residents of Pioneer Haven have smiles on their faces as new appliances, cabinets, flooring, windows and bathroom fixtures were installed in their apartments.

“We revamped all the apartments from the ground up,” said Scott Heaton, director of the management division. “We’re fully committed to the Dickinson market.”

Pioneer Haven is a 6-acre complex, having 17 residential structures with 106 apartments and a community center. It provides low-income subsidized housing for individuals age 62 years and older.

It is owned by Peaceful Pioneer Parters LP, headquartered in Westlaske Village, Calif.


Los Angeles Times: Fickett Towers Purchased

A Van Nuys apartment building named after a Navy chaplain was sold for more than $15 million to a provider of affordable housing for the elderly.

Fickett Towers, a 200-unit senior housing complex at 14801 Sherman Way, was acquired by California Commercial Investment Co., real estate broker H. Bruce Hanes of Hanes Investment
Realty Inc. said. The seller was Shepherd of the Hills Church of Porter Ranch.


Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Vega Place – House Calls Help Seniors Stay Healthy

Medical house calls are a rarity, particularly at Vega Place Senior Apartments, where most of the residents are on Medicare.

That is changing, however, and it could be catching on elsewhere.

Through a new program, partially supported by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, doctors and nurse practitioners are visiting many of the 109 residents at Vega Place, a government-subsidized apartment complex for senior citizens and people disabilities.

It’s called the House Call program, said Ja’net Huling, who dreamed up the idea, which has received a three-year $176,000 HUD grant.

Huling said the goal is to help people “to age in place longer and better.”


Dickinson Press: Pioneer & Peaceful Havens – Affordable Senior Housing Gets Update

Some of Dickinson’s most vulnerable residents have a remodeled place to live at Peaceful-Pioneer Havens Senior Apartments.

The owners of California Commercial Investment, along with representatives from the state and city governments, celebrated the grand re-opening of the apartments. Friday at the complex’s community center at 1043 Enterprise Ave.

The 106-unit apartment complex is income-based for individuals who are at least 55 years old. The investment company worked with the North Dakota Housing Finance Agency to renovate all units in the complex.

“We’re so proud that we were able to get this community upgraded” said Gary Collett, co-president of California Commercial Investment. “We felt it was time.”


HUD Homes and Communities: Vega Place – First All-Seniors Complex in Fort Worth Opens Learning Center

Fort Worth Multifamily Hub staff recently joined the property managers and residents of the Vega Place Senior Apartments August 16, in celebrating the grand opening of Fort Worth’s first-ever Neighborhood Networks Learning Center in an “all-seniors” housing complex. The Vega Place Neighborhood Networks Learning Center became the learning and activities center of the one-hundred-plus Section 8-assisted senior citizens living at the complex and the numerous other elderly citizens who will also participate in the activities offered at the center.

The learning center includes a computer center equipped with four stand-alone computers, two lap-top computers, a printer, a scanner and a digital camera, most of which were donated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Fort Worth office. The facility also includes a clothes care center and a club room which is transformed every first and third Tuesday of the month into a grocery store for the Vega Place’s Food Bank program.


HUD Homes and Communities: Vega Place – Manager Conquers Senior’s Surfing

Fort Worth, TX —”Two and a half years ago, most senior citizens here had never touched a computer. They were totally opposed to bringing ‘those machines’ or a Neighborhood Networks center here,” recalls Ja’net Huling, manager of Vega Place Senior Apartments in Fort Worth, Texas. “It took me over a year to convince residents that computers could bring them lots of benefits—like Internet access to less costly prescriptions. Not only have residents overcome reluctance about using computers, they are really enthusiastic about all the possibilities that computers and the Internet open up to them.”

How did Huling change attitudes? “At our monthly resident meetings, I would bring up a computer-related topic, like using the Internet to find better deals on prescriptions.” Once people understood this, they realized that it would be worth learning some basic computer skills to be able to explore different Web sites. Gradually, she won converts and 100 percent of the residents supported opening a Neighborhood Networks Center at Vega Place. “Residents really like living here, and the center has made life even better.”


HUD Homes and Communities: Vega Place – The ‘Good Old Days’ Are Back for Fort Worth Seniors

Remember the good old days when doctors often made house calls? Well, for some residents of Fort Worth’s Vega Place Senior Apartments, the good old days are back. Through a program called House Calls, doctors and nurse practitioners are visiting many of the 104 residents at Vega Place, a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) subsidized apartment community for senior citizens and people with disabilities. Primary medical services can now be offered in the convenience of the patient’s home.

After being awarded a three-year Service Coordination Grant from HUD totaling $176,000, Ja’net Huling, then Vega Place property manager, began considering better ways to meet the medical needs of residents who were often unable to visit their doctors regularly. After becoming the service coordinator for Vega Place, she formed a unique partnership with a local health care provider, Health Essentials Solutions, Inc., and literally brought the House Calls program in-house. Approximately 90 percent of residents at Vega Place qualify for House Calls.


HUD Communities: Elderly in Las Vegas Get Free Energy Services

At 96, Rose Vana is the oldest resident of Arthur McCants Manor. She has been living at this complex for 26 years.

Residents of a 115 unit affordable senior housing complex received energy saving weatherization upgrades and other benefits from a free program. Crews installed energy efficient products and weatherization improvements. December 3rd, 2007 was the first day that work started at Arthur McCants Manor.

The whole complex is receiving about $200,000 of free services. The residents received free items and free installation of things like: high efficiency light bulbs, shower heads and faucet aerators; pipe, attic, and wall insulation; window and door caulking; weather stripping; programmable thermostats; air conditioner tune-ups and more.


Times-Union: Retired Tigers, KCSS Help Warsaw Man Find Home For First Time

Pernell Bailey carefully unlocked his second-level apartment door.

Inside, he proudly and exuberantly opened each cabinet door in his favorite room of his apartment, his kitchen.

After revealing his cabinets fully stocked with food and recently donated dished, he showed off the remaining rooms and discussed his decorating plans. It’s been almost three weeks, but after moving in his couch and table, he’s planning all of the finishing touches.

At 67 years old, and for the first time in his entire life, he has his very own home.