The Milpitas City Council this week approved a proposal to build 38 new luxury homes, including four smaller ones that will be priced below-market rate, along with 10 studio-style granny units on a nearly 5-acre plot of land at the base of the city’s hills.
The vote was 4-1, with Councilwoman Karina Dominguez voting against the project, saying she wanted to see more affordable units built on the land at 1005 North Park Victoria Dr., which city officials said is one of the last vacant lots of its size in the flat areas of the city.
“I cherish these units,” Mayor Rich Tran said of the four homes, which include four bedrooms each, and will be required to be sold at prices affordable to moderate-income level families.
In Santa Clara County in 2019, a 5-person household can earn up to a maximum of $170,300 annually to be considered part of the moderate-income bracket, according to city staff and the state’s housing and community development department figures.
“We’re going to be on the news one day because of these units,” Tran said at Tuesday’s city council meeting, comparing the homes to the media attention one price-restricted home in Los Gatos recently received.
“Los Gatos! I don’t know if they hear me. Can you hear me?,” Tran said from the dais.
“They had one, I think. We’re doing four. And then, the news stations are going to come to our little town, to this ranch neighborhood, and they’re going to say ‘Four.’”
The four moderate-income units will be built in two buildings that share rooflines, but don’t share interior walls, city staff said, and will be roughly 1,600 square feet, with four bedrooms, according to the developer, Mark Robson of Robson Homes.
The other 34 homes will also be four-bedroom and range in size from 2,500 …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Business