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Veterans' housing project expected to be complete in 2014

Posted: December 30, 2013 2:15 p.m.
Updated: December 30, 2013 2:15 p.m.

Graders work at the future site of the Habitat for Heroes neighborhood for veterans on Centre Pointe Parkway. Signal photo by Dan Watson

Officials hope to soon cut the ribbon on a project that demonstrates a new level of commitment to America’s veterans: a low-cost housing development allowing vets and their families to own their own homes in the Santa Clarita Valley.

Ground was broken on the “Habitat for Heroes” project in November. It calls for construction of 87 residential units on a 23-acre parcel off Centre Pointe Parkway near Bowman High School.

Those units will be offered at below-market costs for veterans and their families, officials said, with residents being pre-approved and qualified for home loans from the California Department of Veterans Affairs.

“This is a great day for the community to come together and serve veterans in a way that they can have a piece of the American dream, which is home ownership,” said Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Peter Gravett during the November groundbreaking ceremony for the project.

The development will only take up about 9 acres of the parcel, according to officials, while space will also be set aside for a central community play area and two open spaces to accompany the homes.

The site for the development was chosen because of its proximity to retail outlets in the Centre Pointe area, as well as service agencies such as the nearby Child & Family Center, according to officials.

Funding for the project came partly from a grant through the California Department of Veterans Affairs, which allotted $21 million for Habitat for Humanity San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys to build low-cost homes for veterans in both Santa Clarita and Sylmar.

While the property slated for development in Santa Clarita is located next to the former site of the Whittaker-Bermite munitions plant, Santa Clarita city officials say they have conducted soil testing and have found no evidence of pollution on the Habitat for Heroes site.
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