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New affordable housing units under construction in Paso Robles

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More affordable rental units will soon be built in Paso Robles. They're part of the Oak Park community on the north end of town. 
Paso Robles Housing Authority Executive Director David Cooke says Phase 1 and 2 units are currently all rented out. 
Construction on Phase 3 started in December. At Tuesday night's city council meeting, the fourth and final phase got the go-ahead. 
Most of the property, located on and around Park Street, used to be home to World War II-era homes formerly occupied by families of Camp Roberts' soldiers. 
"We've demolished all 148 units and when all said and done, there will be 301 affordable units," Cooke said. 
The demolition was recently completed to make room for 76 rental units as part of Oak Park 3. 
All the units are priced to be affordable. 
"Targeting people from the 30 percent to 60 percent of area median income," Cooke continued. 
An additional 76 more units will go in by December 2018. 
On Tuesday, the Paso Robles City Council approved the housing authority's request for a deferred loan of more than $1.4 million for Oak Park 4.
City Manager Tom Frutchey says the need is there and it upgrades the quality of housing in the area without gentrification. 
"It's replacing lower income housing with much nicer lower income housing," Frutchey said. 
There will be one, two, three and four bedroom apartments from about 690 square feet up to 1,350 square feet. 
"(Rent will) range from 500 some odd dollars for a one bedroom and maybe up to $1,100 for a four bedroom," Cooke explained. 
The units are in high demand.
More than 500 people were on the waiting list for Phase 1 and 2. One resident we talked to said she was on the waiting list for five years before landing a place. 
The third and fourth phases are expected to be just as popular. 
"We can't build enough houses fast enough to keep up with the demand," Cooke concluded. 
Applications are not yet being accepted for Phase 3 and 4; however, you can apply for openings that come up in Phase 1 or 2. 
The soonest people can start moving into Phase 3 is March 2019. 

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