Low-income seniors will soon have a new place to live in Menlo Park.
Sequoia Belle Haven, a "below market rate" senior-living complex of 90 apartments under construction at 1221 Willow Road, is on the lookout for tenants.
When the complex is completed, there will be 86 one-bedroom apartments and four two-bedroom apartments.
The application period is expected to open in the next couple of weeks, according to Beth Fraker, spokesperson for MidPen Housing Corp., the nonprofit housing developer that is building the apartments.
The site previously had 48 apartments that were built in the 1960s and lightly rehabilitated in 1987, according to MidPen Housing.
Seniors who lived there previously will be given the first chance to move back in. Of the remaining apartments, preference will be given to new renters who already live or work in Menlo Park, said Ms. Fraker.
The units are for households with at least one person age 62 or older. The seniors must also have an income that falls below 50 percent of the area median income, Ms. Fraker said.
For a single person, 50 percent of the median income is $43,050 and for two people it's $49,200, according to San Mateo County thresholds.
Rent will be $619 to $949 for a one-bedroom apartment and $736 to $1,132 for two bedrooms.
By contrast, the market-rate apartments that opened Nov. 2 at 777 Hamilton Ave. have monthly rents of $3,100 to $6,100 for one- to three-bedroom units.
The maximum number of people who can live in each one-bedroom apartment is three, and five for a two-bedroom apartment, said Ms. Fraker. Under those assumptions, the complex could accommodate up to 278 people.
The development will have a community room, a lounge, a computer lounge, an exercise room and two laundry rooms, according to MidPen Housing. There will be social activities and classes on computers and financial literacy, meditation, life skills, nutrition, arts and crafts.
The project was funded with $5.1 million from the city of Menlo Park, about $1.7 million from San Mateo County's Department of Housing, and loans and other funds from MidPen Housing, the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco, and Wells Fargo.
Go to the MidPen Housing web page on the project for more information.
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