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The property on the corner of Leigh Avenue and Southwest Expressway in San Jose isn't pretty. It's behind a chain link fence but county leaders say when it's done, it will be a big step for affordable housing.
This is all made possible by the $950 million affordable housing bond approved by voters in 2016.
On Tuesday, the supervisors approved up to $13.5 million to buy the property and develop it. The plans call for 64 units for low-income seniors and also some commercial space on the ground floor.
Santa Clara Supervisors expected to approve $13.5 million to buy and develop this property on Leigh Ave at Southwest Expwy in San Jose for affordable housing for seniors. $ comes from $950 million housing bond approves by voters in 2016. pic.twitter.com/KmmImGrzzH— Matt Keller (@MattKellerABC7) August 14, 2018
This is the 2nd project using money from the bond measure going specifically to low-income senior housing, allowing the county and other groups to provide supportive services on the properties.
The other project is a 19-unit housing development in Cupertino called "The Veranda."
A groundbreaking ceremony was held for that project in April.
"I think for all of us who see our parents who are becoming seniors, really starting to think about what happens that we're living longer. Where is it that we can live that is safe? And where can we get services, especially for those who are low income and high need?" asked Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez.
The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors has also approved $111 million from the housing bond for 10 multi-family developments.
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