Glendale’s latest senior housing complex opens its doors

Members of the Glendale City Council and other officials celebrated the grand opening of Vista Grande Court, a new senior affordable-housing complex, on Wednesday with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
(Courtesy of National Community Renaissance)

Almost two years after construction began on Vista Grande Court, Glendale officials gathered on Wednesday to celebrate the grand opening of the city’s latest senior affordable-housing complex.

While construction was completed on the $26.9-million project in October, the complex wasn’t fully occupied until late last month.

Residents living in the complex at 1116 Sonora Ave. were chosen through a lottery system held last year, which saw 6,000 hopeful applicants get whittled down to 570.

They were then prioritized based on the order they were selected and went through a vetting process to determine if they were eligible to live in the complex.

Glendale Mayor Ara Najarian lauded the completion of the complex, saying in a statement that “in a time when our state faces an affordable-housing crisis” the city worked tirelessly with the project’s co-developers, Linc Housing and National Community Renaissance, to “deliver homes that will help seniors thrive,” he said.

“We’re thrilled to celebrate these new homes and are proud of the collaborative effort to expand the supply of affordable units in Glendale,” he said.

Of the complex’s 66 units, 60 are one-bedroom, five are two-bedrooms and one is the manager’s apartment.

Seven of the one-bedroom apartments were set aside for seniors with developmental disabilities, according to a statement from the developers.

In the past year, city officials have made strides at increasing the number of available affordable-housing units in Glendale.

In August, City Council members approved the $25-million acquisition of two properties with plans to develop them into affordable housing units. Then, in May, they enacted an inclusionary zoning ordinance, which requires most new developments in the city to include affordable housing.

Glendale News-Press reporter Lila Seidman also contributed to this article.

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