June 02, 2011 11:33 AM
Brooke Edwards
Staff Writer

APPLE VALLEY • Councilwoman Ginger Coleman is asking her colleagues to take another vote on which developer will partner with Apple Valley in building a low-income apartment complex for seniors near Town Hall.

Mayor Scott Nassif called a special meeting for Thursday evening to reconsider awarding the project to AMCAL Multi-Housing, a private development firm out of Agoura Hills.

The Council voted unanimously May 24 to help AMCAL finance construction of affordable apartments for seniors on town-owned property at the northwest corner of Dale Evans Parkway and Thunderbird Road. The vote appeared to be largely based on AMCAL’s plan to build a low-density project at the site, with the company calling for just 50 units over the 73 and 76 units pitched by their competitors.

However, that decision contradicted a recommendation from a five-member panel of evaluators, who’d interviewed bidders, rated them on 35 factors and unanimously suggested awarding the bid to Related California out of Irvine.

“For Apple Valley, this is kind of a monumental thing. This is our first affordable housing project,” Coleman said by phone Thursday. “I went home after our vote and spent a lot of time thinking about what we did and how little discussion we had.”

Coleman said she also received additional information after that meeting, which raised more questions about what rent for the apartments would be and how that might impact the viability of the project.

“It is public money,” Coleman said. “We have to make sure we’re choosing the best project to put that into that has the best chance of success.”

Under a tight timeline to negotiate a contract for the project and award funding, the Council called a special meeting for 4 p.m. Thursday in Town Hall, at 14955 Dale Evans Parkway.

Residents can also watch the meeting live at www.AppleValley.org.

Brooke Edwards may be reached at (760) 955-5358 or at bedwards@VVDailyPress.com.

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