City officials are saying that hundreds of lots around the city are currently being bought up by builders to fill in vacant spaces, including those in the Patterson Gardens project near Wal-Mart.
According to City Planner Joel Andrews, more than 140 homes could be assembled between two builders working on infill projects around Patterson within the next year, and more are expected to come in the next two years.
Plans could come back to the city council in the coming months to change portions of the Villages of Patterson project for developers to build 3,100 homes in a 700-acre annexation to the city.
The project is already fully entitled, having passed the Patterson City Council and the Stanislaus County Local Agency Formation Commission in 2007.
Also still in the works is the 160 unit affordable housing component for the Villages of Patterson project, run by the non-profit Self-Help Enterprises.
The Visalia-based non-profit agency and the city of Patterson are still busy working out issues required to build the infrastructure needed for some 160 affordable homes to be built near the northeast corner of Walnut Avenue and First Street, city officials have said.
The homes, which may not start construction until late this year at the earliest, are being slowed by previous agreements on how the infrastructure — sewers, streets, gutters and sidewalks — should be built, Andrews said in October. The non-profit expects to build 80 owner-occupied homes and 80 rentals.
The previous developer agreements called for that infrastructure to be built by other developers of the Villages of Patterson project, which have been on hold because of the recent housing slump that appears to be subsiding.
Self Help Enterprises hopes to begin construction of the 80 single-family houses, which would range from 1,200-square-feet to 1,400-square-feet, late this year or early 2015. Five to seven models with three and four-bedroom units will be available.
Builders believe the homes are in great demand and they’ve had a lot of communication with folks in Patterson needing affordable homes since the housing boom eight years ago.
The homes will be for those with low incomes, one said. A family of four would qualify with a household annual income of less than $47,000, he said, though the company is looking for families in the $30,000 or less range for the homes.
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